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A great, short hike to the summit of Turk Mountain.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Out and Back

2,938' 896 m

High

2,530' 771 m

Low

614' 187 m

Up

613' 187 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly Although it might seem like a bit of a challenge to reach the summit, most kids will enjoy the climb up to the top of Turk Mountain and the great views that await.

Overview

This great hike is a short, but scenic out and back to the top of Turk Mountain where some amazing views await!

Description

This is a pleasant, short hike that can easily be done in an afternoon. The trail is mostly shaded so you won't work up too much of a sweat even though you'll be climbing to the summit of Turk Mountain.

Starting from the Turk Gap Trailhead, follow the white-blazed AT south (across Skyline Drive from the parking area). Go 0.1 mile to the marker post and turn right. The Turk Mountain Trail descends into the saddle between Turk Mountain and the main ridge, then climbs easily to the summit, from where there's an outstanding view to west at the top of rock talus slope.

Once you are done taking in the scenery, return back to your car the way you came.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you're interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out snp.guide/

History & Background

Turk Mountain is capped by Erwin quartzite; you can see cliffs and talus slopes that slice across it near the top. Be on the lookout for intermittent exposures of phyllite of the lower Hampton formation. In a fresh break, its color varies from silvery gray to very pale tan – some of it banded, some with veins of pebbly quartzite. The weathered surfaces are mostly stained with iron.

Contacts

Shared By:

Larry W Brown

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  4.4 from 19 votes

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Good scrambling rocks.
Feb 26, 2019 near Dooms, VA
Looking north
Feb 26, 2019 near Dooms, VA

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Aug 15, 2023
Madeline M
amazing! spent about 15 on the top admiting the view, rock formation, and birds 2.4mi — 1h 19m
Oct 15, 2022
S P
2.4mi
Jul 14, 2022
Shawn R
Mar 29, 2022
Gage Adams
Incredible views, rewarding hike. 2.2mi — 1h 19m
Feb 21, 2022
Morgan McCammon
Apr 1, 2021
B S
Nov 17, 2020
Christina Potter
Oct 17, 2020
Jeremiah Farwell
Beautiful fall day! 2.4mi
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