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Sharp Top Out-and-Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great hike for many levels!


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Out and Back

3,827' 1,166 m

High

2,585' 788 m

Low

1,242' 379 m

Up

1,242' 378 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Family Friendly It's short enough for kids to not get too tired, and exciting enough to keep them entertained.

Overview

This trail was a great hike for an afternoon. Parking at the trailhead is pretty easy and there are restrooms and a small store.

Description

The trail itself starts off very easy, and towards the end has several sets of rock stairs. There are plenty of places to take a break if necessary, and the views at the top of the Peaks of Otter area are amazing! There is a spur to the top of Buzzards Roost for more mileage. This is an out-and-back hike.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge

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Sarah Clark

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  4.8 from 17 votes

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  4.8 from 17 votes
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Overlook at the top!
Apr 28, 2018 near Buchanan, VA
Sharp Top summit -- awesome view!
May 15, 2021 near Buchanan, VA
20110919 17 Sharp Top Trail, Peaks of Otter, Virginia
Dec 2, 2019 near Buchanan, VA
20110919 19 Sharp Top Trail, Peaks of Otter, Virginia
Dec 2, 2019 near Buchanan, VA
20110919 25 Salamander on Sharp Top Trail, Peaks of Otter, Virginia
Dec 2, 2019 near Buchanan, VA

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Dec 12, 2021
Logan Tignor
First hike! Stormed the entire time, but the fog really made the trip a unique experience.
Oct 23, 2021
Kirk Larrabee
Good hike with a great summit. Gets crowded! 3.8mi — 1h 59m
Aug 8, 2021
Jennifer Wentz
Mar 31, 2021
John DuVall
covered in clouds. plaudit ama vzd
Sep 22, 2020
Faith Elkins
I wish I could remember how long it took us to do this one. The sunrise here is gorgeous, and the summit feels like you're on top of the world.
Sep 7, 2020
Jennifer Wentz
Aug 16, 2020
Katharine Kierski
Out and back with the Buzzards Roost 3.4mi — 1h 30m
Aug 9, 2020
Circ Ise
2.9mi