Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Boulder and bike in forest

The crest of North Mountain offers good views into both Catawba and Craig Creek Valleys. McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs are also visible. There are no facilities on the North Mountain Trail.

Trail open to: 

Trail HikingBicycle Riding



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At a Glance

Fees No Fee
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: This trail is very steep and rocky in many sections. It is not recommended for horses.
Closest Towns: Catawba, VA - ROANOKE COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #788.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  13.36 miles
  • Trail Difficulty:  Difficult
  • Connecting Trails:  FT # 120 - High Knob; FT #188 - Grouse 1.93 mi; FT #186 - Deer 1.31 mi; FT #187 - Turkey 1.74 mi; FT #189 - Ferrier 5.0 miles; and FT #262 - Lick Branch  2.90 miles
  • Elevation:  1680 - 2800 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Bicyclists should yield to hikers.  Horseback riding is not recommended on these trails due to the rocky, craggy nature of this mountain.


From I-81, take Exit 141 onto SR 419 North to SR 311 North for 10 miles. Pass Dragons Tooth parking lot and take a right onto Wildlife Road (FS 224).  Follow for 1.5 miles to Deer Trailhead.  Grouse and Turkey trailheads are just beyond, forming loops with North Mountain on the ridge.  

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Elevation desc2999 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult
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1680 - 2800