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Whitetop Mountain, Mouth of Wilson

#72 of 101 in Nature in Virginia
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Whitetop Mountain is the second highest independent mountain in the U.S. state of Virginia, after nearby Mount Rogers. It is also the third highest named peak in Virginia, after Mount Rogers and its subsidiary peak, Pine Mountain. It is located at the juncture of Grayson, Smyth, and Washington Counties, and is also within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area of the Jefferson National Forest. Whitetop was the location of the White Top Folk Festival from 1932 to 1939, with the exception of 1937. Like nearby Mount Rogers, it represents an ecological "island" of flora and fauna commonly found much farther north than Virginia, such as old growth red spruce and other northern softwoods.

Whitetop Mountain is within a conservation area of the same name.
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  • Absolutely breathtaking awe inspiring views. Quite a hike if your a bit older. Was told you can see 4 states from there. Mountain and valley views that go on forever. Take a good pair of binoculars  more »
  • Last mile or more after turning OFF the paved road is dirt/gravel. After rains or snow, nearly impassable without SUV; rutted and exposed rocks. I have tent camped there, but if you don't take it.....  more »
  • Very boring and not worth the drive to it. Very minimal hiking trails and you're literally walking on the dirt roads to site see the view. Not much at the top other than the parking spots. No signs, historical marker, monument, etc. They should go check out Spruce Knob in WV to emulate how to do it right.
  • A very beautiful place especially in the snow! But be very careful if you go up there in the snow the roads freeze to solid sheets of ice

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