Hike The Priest

4.2 Miles Round Trip - 1200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Upper Crabtree Falls Parking - Search Nearby - Added by Jess Fischer

This is a great hike with a steady, easy elevation gain over the course of 2 miles to the summit. In addition this hike is rarely crowded so you'll get the trail to yourself.

Starting at the Upper Crabtree Falls Parking area, continue up the "road" for half a mile until you come to the intersection of the Appalachian Trail. That will be the steepest part of the hike. Look for two rocks on either side of the trail with white blazes on them. Take a left up the trail and you'll see a kiosk. Keep hiking for about a mile until you see a huge rock boulder (it's seriously huge) and a sign directing you to The Priest Shelter. Take a left at this sign (don't keep going straight). Keep a keen eye out for the outlook, there is no definitive trail leading you to the outlook, rather you'll see a clearing past the trees with a bunch of rocks, about 0.3 miles from the last intersection. Sometimes people build rock cairns to signal that you've reached the outlook.

Tags

Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Details

4.2 Miles
1200 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

Stay Nearby

Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge / Lexington KOA

Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville KOA

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Great views along the way

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Plenty of views along the way, which isn't always the case in the Blue Ridge. Good choice for a less-popular hike.

Views

Easily one of the best views of the entire blue ridge. Gotta go do this!

10/10 Would Recommend

When you get to the trail head, make sure you go left unless you want to hike the 11-12 mile loop. When going to the left, this is not a super long hike. It's about 4 miles out-and-back. The view at the overlook is absolutely gorgeous. The trail is well maintained and clean.