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Gems in Jefferson National Forest - 3

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gem Favorite Scrambling in Devil's Marbleyard

Devil's Marbleyard

(4) Glasgow, VA
gem Favorite Fog clearing from the valley below.

Dragon's Tooth

(2) Salem, VA
gem Favorite View from the top of Bald Knob (located at the end of the Bald Knob Trail).

Bald Knob

(2) Pembroke, VA

Recommended Routes in Jefferson National Forest - 13

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Favorite Storms over North Carolina.
Intermediate/Difficult

Massie Gap to Mt Rogers Summit Out and Back

8.6 mi 13.8 km 1,351' Up 411.86 m Up 1,351' Down 411.66 m Down

Marion, VA
Favorite Photo by Sam Dean Photography for Roanoke Outside Foundation
Difficult

Virginia's Triple Crown Loop

34.8 mi 55.9 km 6,774' Up 2064.63 m Up 6,778' Down 2065.99 m Down

Salem, VA
Favorite The view from the summit.
Intermediate/Difficult

Grayson Highlands: A.T. – Pine Mtn Loop

12.3 mi 19.8 km 1,872' Up 570.52 m Up 1,872' Down 570.63 m Down

Marion, VA
Favorite Fog clearing from the valley below.
Difficult

Dragon's Tooth

4.8 mi 7.7 km 1,162' Up 354.24 m Up 1,174' Down 357.81 m Down

New Castle, VA
Favorite Cascade Fall - July 2018
Intermediate

Cascade Falls Loop

4.0 mi 6.4 km 798' Up 243.33 m Up 797' Down 242.93 m Down

Pembroke, VA
Favorite Apple Orchard Falls freezes solid in winter.
Intermediate/Difficult

Apple Orchard Falls - Cornelius Creek

7.8 mi 12.5 km 2,069' Up 630.78 m Up 2,067' Down 629.99 m Down

Buchanan, VA
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate

Fenwick Mines Recreation Area

2.1 mi 3.4 km 161' Up 49.04 m Up 161' Down 49.14 m Down

New Castle, VA
Favorite Scrambling in Devil's Marbleyard
Intermediate/Difficult

Devils Marbleyard Out and Back

2.8 mi 4.5 km 778' Up 237.17 m Up 778' Down 237.09 m Down

Glasgow, VA
Favorite Angel's Rest is the perfect place to take in views of the area.
Intermediate/Difficult

Angel's Rest Out and Back

5.3 mi 8.5 km 1,639' Up 499.54 m Up 1,638' Down 499.3 m Down

Pearisburg, VA
Favorite turn to kelly knob
Intermediate/Difficult

Kelly Knob Out and Back

7.9 mi 12.7 km 1,752' Up 534.1 m Up 1,752' Down 533.93 m Down

Blacksburg, VA
Favorite Just having a little fun.
Difficult

Sulphur Springs Price Mountain Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km 1,282' Up 390.69 m Up 1,268' Down 386.41 m Down

Fincastle, VA
Favorite View from the ridgeline of Rice Fields
Intermediate

Rice Fields

7.0 mi 11.3 km 1,472' Up 448.8 m Up 1,472' Down 448.73 m Down

Pearisburg, VA
Favorite View from Wind Rock looking north.
Intermediate/Difficult

Potts Mountain-Salt Pond Mountain Loop

7.2 mi 11.6 km 1,101' Up 335.5 m Up 1,095' Down 333.9 m Down

Pembroke, VA

Jefferson National Forest Hiking

  • 1,007 Miles 1,621 Kilometers of Trail
  • 16 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 23 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 104 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 43 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Jefferson National Forest

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Trails in Jefferson National Forest - 154

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57.5 mi 92.6 km #1AT: Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (VA)
Intermediate/Difficult
Emory, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Emory, VA 10 
88.8 mi 143.0 km #2AT: Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club - East (VA)
Difficult
Pembroke, VA
Difficult
Pembroke, VA
22.4 mi 36.1 km #3Iron Mountain Trail
Difficult
Marion, VA
Difficult
Marion, VA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #4Hanging Rock Trail #5019
Easy/Intermediate
New Castle, VA
Easy/Intermediate
New Castle, VA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #5Upper Cascades Falls Trail
Intermediate
Pembroke, VA
Intermediate
Pembroke, VA
4.3 mi 6.9 km #6Scales Road 613
Intermediate
Marion, VA
Intermediate
Marion, VA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #7Wilburn Ridge Trail
Difficult
Marion, VA
Difficult
Marion, VA
5.8 mi 9.4 km #8Patterson Mountain Trail #148
Intermediate/Difficult
Fincastle, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Fincastle, VA
2.6 mi 4.2 km #9Bear Creek Trail
Intermediate
Atkins, VA
Intermediate
Atkins, VA
5.3 mi 8.6 km #10Sulphur Spring Trail #3001
Intermediate
Glasgow, VA
Intermediate
Glasgow, VA

Photos of Jefferson National Forest - 131

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The Cascades
May 2, 2018 near Pembroke, VA
Storms over North Carolina.
Jan 20, 2016 near Adwolf, VA
Ponies! This playful youngster, a wild pony, is one of the many treasures of the Mt. Rogers countryside.
Jul 3, 2017 near Marion, VA
Panoramic view to the east southeast from below the lookout platform. Beware - the winds can really whip around the rocks.
Jul 23, 2017 near Rural R…, VA
The view from the summit.
Sep 30, 2015 near Adwolf, VA
Near the Mt. Rogers summit.
Sep 30, 2015 near Adwolf, VA
Angel's Rest is the perfect place to take in views of the area.
Apr 13, 2017 near Pearisburg, VA
On the way to the Mt. Rogers summit.
Sep 30, 2015 near Marion, VA