Great hike through dense canopy forest in the Appalachian mountains leading to a breathtaking view over a small Virginia town - perfect half day hike!

The hike to High Rocks begins at a gravel parking lot up a long winding road, seems like forever but really is only mile or two past the quarry when your turn onto the road. 

The out-and-back hike begins by passing through the two large boulders near the back of the parking lot. The trail leads down/towards the left, a grassy area will be down to your left, that's how you know you're on the right trail. Once you're on this trail you will gradually keep hitting inclines, eventually coming to a grade that forces you to wish you hit those extra stair stepper reps at the gym last week. The hike itself isn't too difficult but has it's moments. 

Once reaching the top you begin to see the large rocks at the peak of the mountain, you can see why it gets its name. The trail continues a bit and begins to lead back down and eventually dead-ends. There are multiple lookouts if you continue past the main outcropping of rocks. There is also a bench dedicated to a few hikers at the top - it is a nice addition to be able to take a seat and enjoy the view. A few trees allow for a hammock or two if you'd life to relax a little longer. 

Enjoy the views. Pack a lunch. And enjoy a great morning workout hike and lunchtime snack as you overlook Wytheville, VA in the middle of the rolling chains of Appalachian Mountains.  

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water Reservoir (CameBak, Water canteen, etc) 
  • Snack(s)
  • Camera
  • Hammock + Straps (If you want to relax at the top) 
  • Small first aid kit
  • Bug Spray
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RT Distance 2.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 636 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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Very easy mild hike. We were able to finish everything a little over an hour. If you like going on trails with nobody around this is the hike to take. I went at 1:00pm on a Saturday in July and had the whole trail to myself. When you get to the top, make sure you explore/get on the rocks to the left in order to see the best view. If you're in the area, this is a great hike to do, but I wouldn't come here if you are traveling long distance.

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