These trail notes are helpful but honestly once you get there, you'll find so many places to explore as the ridgeline is very open. Feel free to do your own thing and turn around at any point, hiking to the summit isn't necessary because there isn't really a view. The only reason to summit this is to say you hiked to the highest point in Virginia, or to check out the cool rainforest vibe the summit randomly gives off.
Cross the field at Massie Gap and go through the gate to begin the trail Begin the Rhododendron Trail
Mile 0.8 Trail interests with Virginia Highlands Connector Trail, take a left onto it
Mile 1.0 Head south on the A.T.
Mile 1.25 Take the Wilburn Ridge Trail or the A.T. for one mile as they meet in the same spot
Mile 2.5 Trail joins back up with the A.T. Reach a junction of trails and stay on the A.T. walk through the Crest Zone
Mile 3.8 Arrive at Thomas Knob shelter, pass the shelter is a gate
Mile 4.0 arrive at the Mount Rogers Summit spur trail and take that for 0.5 miles
Mile 4.5 Arrive at the dense foresty summit and retrace your steps back
Mount Rogers is my happy place. It's basically a magical land that makes your forget you're in Virginia for the day. It is quite the drive from central VA (roughly 3 hours), but I can't stress this enough, IT'S SO WORTH IT. The hike is challenging as you make your way across the rocky ridgeline. Along the way there are wild ponies scattered across the land for you to hang out and have a photoshoot with. There are plenty of fabulous campsites and many trails to explore, so do your research and maybe plan an overnight trip!
- Camping: Yes
- Sunrise: Yes
- Sunset: Yes
- Water source: Yes
- On the A.T.: Yes
- Parking Lot Size: Large