White Rock Tower Trail

White Rock Tower Trail near Covington, VA


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
6 miles
4hours
moderate
Mountain Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Spring, Winter, Summer, Fall
Covington, VA
User mntnlife

The trail begins in the parking area on FDR 108 and heads northwest along the southern boundary of the Rich Hole Wilderness Area. The trail leads to the top of Mill Mountain and passes through several switch backs. It is steep and rocky in places with an occasional boulder along the way.

At the top of the ridge is the old White Rock Tower site. The fire tower is gone now but the concrete foundation is still visible and there is an abandoned building and cistern on the site. The trail turns southwest at the tower to follow along the top of Mill Mountain and down to FDR 333. Along the ridge there are some giant boulders the trail travels between. The Longdale Furnace community and the valleys and mountains to the west can be seen from overlooks along the trail.

The trail leaves the ridgetop and winds down to FDR 333 in a series of switchbacks and steep stairs. In places rock cliffs are visible just off the trail. This section of the trail is in poor repair. The stairs are log steps that have rooted out over the years and the tread is treacherous in places.

Bring your camera on this hike, not only for the beautiful views, but for the wildlife and wildflowers too. Deer and grouse are common sites along the trail, and though not as common, turkey and bear have been seen too.

Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us

Directions:

White Rock Tower Trail is located on Mill Mountain in eastern Alleghany County. Take the Longdale furnace exit and go east on U.S. Route 60. Turn left onto FDR 333 and continue to parking area or continue east on U.S. Route 60 and turn left onto FDR 108 and continue to parking area.


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