Area Status: Open

The Old Hotel Trail is located in the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area, which was designated by Congress in 1994.  Within this 7,580 acre area, visitors have the opportunity to hike several scenic routes past spectacular rhododendron groves and old chestnut snags, through mountain meadows, and to awesome ridge-top views.  Mount Pleasant's status as a National Scenic Area means the Forest Service ensures the natural features such as sparkling streams, towering trees, and stunning scenery are protected for future generations to enjoy.  The Old Hotel Trail passes through a large mountainside meadow and through a lovely hardwood forest along Little Cove Creek.  "Old Hotel" does not refer to a resort, as some believe, but is actually named for a former herdsman's cabin that local hunters utilized as a retreat.

Trail Open To:

Trail Hiking

At a Glance

Fees: No fee.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, VA - AMHERST COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts: (540) 291-2188
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #789.  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


Mount Pleasant Trailhead on FR #51:  From US Highway 60, turn onto SR 634, Davis Mill Creek Road.  Follow Davis Mill Creek road to the intersection with SR 755 (Wiggins Springs Road).  Follow Wiggins Springs Road to the sign for end of state maintenance, then continue on the gravel road FR #48, Hog Camp Gap Road.  Where the Appalachian Trail crosses the road at Hog Camp Gap, continue approximately .25 miles, then take a right into the trailhead parking. 

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  3.25 miles
  • Blazes:  Blue
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #702 - Henry Lanum Loop Trail, FT #1 - Appalachian Trail
  • Elevation:  At the parking lot just past Hog Camp Gap you begin at 3400 feet, the trail meanders up and down to end at 3400 feet at the intersection with FT #1 (Appalachian Trail).
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  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

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  Area/Length : 
3.25 miles

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  Elevation : 
3400 - 3400 feet