June 4


Sharp Top Trail – [2024 Update] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 4, 2021

Blue Ridge Parkway, overlooks, Peaks of Otter

Sharp Top Trail Statistics


Distance in Miles


Elevation Gain in Feet


Hike Time in Hours


Iconic Picture Spot

Sharp Top Trail Balancing Rocks Yonoke

Sharp Top Trail - Unofficial Trail Guide

Sunsets       Popular        Plenty of Parking  

Sharp Top Trail Va is one of the three famous Peaks of Otter Hikes including Harkening Hill & Flat Top Trail. Operated by the National Park Service, this hike is a beautiful 50 minute drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Downtown Roanoke.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Sharp Top Trail Location & Trail Conditions

Sharp Top Best Picture Locations

Sharp Top Trail Peak will be your safe bet for a picture spot, with a close second going to Buzzard's Roost Overlook.

Sharp Top Trail Yonoke

How Difficult is Sharp Top Trail?

While only 1.5 miles each way, the trek to the top of Sharp Top is an elevation gain of over 1,300 feet making this a medium to difficult hike.

Is Sharp Top Part of the Appalachian Trail?

No, Sharp Top Trail is one of the three main trails of Peaks of Otter. While Sharp Top Trail is only 4 miles as the crow flies from the nearest section of the Appalachian Trail, it is a separate trail system. 

Sharp Top Mountain Sunrise

The answer is yes. Sharp Top Mountain is perhaps the best place in Bedford, Va to see a sunrise or a Sharp Top Mountain Sunset because of it's elevation and 360 degree views. 

Sharp Top Trail Shuttle

Sharp Top Mountain not only has one of the best 360 degree views in Virginia, it also has a shuttle that will take you to within 1500 feet of the peak. You can learn more at the Peaks of Otter site here.

Sharp Top Mountain Plane Crash

On February 2nd, 1943 an Army Air Force B25 Bomber crashed on the side of Sharp Top Mountain. Vistitors and hikers aren't encouraged to visit the Peaks of Otter bomber crash site. Here's a quick Youtube video of where the Sharp Top Crash Site is located near the trail sign that says "Buzzards Roost is 600ft".

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