2.8 Miles / 4.5 km
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~24 minutes
Surface Type:
Jefferson National Forest
Whitetop, Virginia
36.646244, -81.582882
September 06, 2017
November 27, 2017
783 '

Total Change
41 '

795 '


The Virginia Highlands Horse Trail at Jefferson National Forest near Wilson Creek and Whitetop, Virginia is a moderate 2.8 mile one-way hike to/from the Elk Garden Trailhead to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail to Mount Rogers.

This GPS data starts at the AT to Mount Rogers Trail with scenic mountain top views and heads into the Lewis Fork Wilderness at Jefferson National Forest. The trail ends up in a scenic cow pasture with mountain top views before getting back to the Elk Garden Trailhead parking lot.

The trail itself is much longer than 2.8 miles one-way, but this section is a great shortcut back from Mount Rogers to make the hike 8.5 miles instead of 9 on the AT.

Follow the orange blazes; however, some of them look dark orange/redish at times. When you make it to the connector trail between this one and the AT, the blazes will be blue on the large boulders along the trail.

Explore 4 trails near Whitetop, VA
  1. Parking

    36.646244, -81.582882
  2. Main Trailhead

    36.651205, -81.547566
  3. Vista at the trailhead

    36.651128, -81.547508
    Vista at the trailhead
  4. Beautiful vista along the trail

    36.651086, -81.547914
    Beautiful vista along the trail
  5. Beautiful vista along the trail

    36.650831, -81.548522
    Beautiful vista along the trail
  6. Beautiful vista along the trail

    36.650322, -81.550094
    Beautiful vista along the trail
  7. Beautiful vista along the trail

    36.650489, -81.551078
    Beautiful vista along the trail
  8. Beautiful vista along the trail

    36.647811, -81.577539
    Beautiful vista along the trail
  9. Cow amongst a beautiful vista

    36.646064, -81.581856
    Cow amongst a beautiful vista
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2.8 miles / 4.5 km
Trail added
September 06, 2017
Hiked on
September 03, 2017
Updated on
November 27, 2017
2.8 miles / 4.5 km
September 03, 2017

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