Northeast of Damascus in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Iron Mountain Trail is a 22 mile hiking route traversing Iron Mountain plateau through thick meadows of wildflowers and old growth hemlocks. This scenic trail was an old stretch of the Appalachian Trail and runs through dense oak and birch forest with plenty of rhododendrons.
The western trailhead is just a half mile east of Damascus at the end of FS4038. The hiking route runs northeast to SR600 at Skulls Gap. There is a newer section which extends the trail northeast towards Hurricane Gap, west of Troutdale.
Overall, Iron Mountain is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia.