Hiking The Iron Mountain

The 4th most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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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.

Iron Mountain Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (540) 783-5196; Jefferson National Forest (703) 228-5551; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882; Mount Rogers Outfitters.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Hurricane Ridge CG

Luxury Loding:  Apple Tree B&B, Damascus; Enchanted Lodge, Whitetop; Buchanan Inn, Green Cove

Breakfast Restaurant:  Dots Inn Cafe, Damascus; Sugar Grove, Diner

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

GPS:  36.6328, -81.7829

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  7/18/2016

ID:  10992

Iron Mountain Hiking Map


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