Dragons Tooth Trail (Forest Trail #5009)

Area Status: Open

Dragons Tooth is a spectacular rock formation located on top of Cove Mountain. The 2.3 mile trail leading to Dragons Tooth is a gradual uphill climb for the first mile until it joins the Appalachian Trail and begins to climb steeply. This part of the hike is strenuousand requires rock scrambling near the top. You'll need your hands and feet to climb the last rocky sections to reach "The Tooth," a 35-foot rock spire. At the top, you'll be rewarded with a jumble of rugged rock outcroppings and panoramic views. Allow plenty of time and daylight to do this challenging hike. Many hikers will take six hours or more to complete the hike.

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At a Glance

Fees: No fee
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: When recreating on Forest Service Lands, follow the Forest Rules for Visitors and Forest Supervisor’s Orders

All visitors should follow Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace guidelines.   
Closest Towns: Catawba, VA - Roanoke County
Water: Drinking water is not provided. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: Vault Toilet at Dragons Tooth Trailhead
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: (540) 552 - 4641
Information Center: For more information contact: Eastern Divide Ranger District 110 Southpark Drive Blacksburg, VA 24060. 540-552-4641 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30 Current weather conditions for Catawba, VA: www.weather.gov

General Information


From I-81: Exit 140 and take Highway 311 north for 11 miles towards New Castle. Dragon’s Tooth parking lot is on the left, just past Catawba Grocery.

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  Area/Length : 
1.20 miles

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  Elevation : 
1739 - 2842 feet