Whitetop Mountain Observation Site

Area Status: Open

Whitetop Mountain is the second highest mountain in Virginia and offers the highest public road in the state which leads to a summit of 5525 feet. The summit provides panoramic views of three states on clear days and is known for the unique flora and fauna. Of historic interest, the site was the location for the annual Whitetop Folk Festival from 1932 to 1939.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: No camping. 
Closest Towns: Whitetop, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: No restrooms available
Operated By: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area: 800-628-7202

General Information


From 1-81:  Take Exit 35 at Chilhowie, Virginia and take State Route 762 (Whitetop Road) past Hardees.  Follow SR 762 for about 3.7 miles and go straight through a 4 way intersection (blinking yellow light) onto St. Clairs Creek Road and follow this road for about 4.1 miles to Whitetop Road.  Take a left onto Whitetop Road and go about 6 miles.  Take a right onto FS 89 to go up to the top of Whitetop Mountain.

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Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Scenic Driving

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

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