OK, I didn’t look hard enough at the hike descriptions, but I had been driving all morning through beautiful Thompson Valley and I needed to stretch my legs. Starting in the campground, the sign said it was a 5-mile hike, which I thought was perfect, but that doesn’t include walking another 2.7 miles on the road to get back to the campground. Here is the way AllTrails describes it: “Seven Sisters Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wytheville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”
The comments on the AllTrails post tell it all. The first one said, “Oh man this was a bad idea for us newbies.” I had done this hike with Karen, Martha and the kids, but I had little memory of it. I just wanted some exercise. The mountain laurel and rhododendron weren’t in full bloom, but still very pretty. The hike involves going up to the crest, then along the top of seven peaks with no viewpoints of the valley below. Can’t they cut out one little viewing area? Otherwise it’s a walk in the woods. It was, however, some good exercise and some pretty flowers. I don’t mind working hard, but there has to be a reward at the end, the beginning, the middle, or best yet is if it is all of the above.
Other hikes to try in the area:
High Rocks View, “5 stars because it’s not that long of a trail, it’s not that difficult, it’s not that crowded, and it’s a sweet view from the high rocks. In other words, a lot of bang for your buck. And I enjoyed the drive up to the trailhead parking lot. Afterwards, you can go to Moon Dog Pizza.” by Matt Osborne on AllTrails.
Here’s the one I want to do! Appalachian Trail Walker’s Gap to Chestnut Ridge with an excellent description at: https://highlonesometrails.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/appalachian-trail-burkes-garden-to-chestnut-knob/
High Lonesome Trails is an excellent site, and I look forward to exploring it more. This is such a beautiful part of our country!