One of the area’s premiere trails, Mount Pleasant rewards hikers with panoramic views from two distinct rocky overlooks. There are several primitive campsites near the summit as well.
This hike is located within the congressionally designated Mt. Pleasant National Scenic Area.
The Mount Pleasant Trail is a loop. Upon parking, the trail goes both left and right (both blazed blue). The trail to the right is not as steep, follows an old fire road, and has several small streams to cross. The trail to the left is steeper and dry. Both trails lead to a saddle and the summit trail, and they are about the same distance.
Though not reliable during dry months, there is a water source about 300 yards off of the summit trail. It is marked for your convenience. The views at the summit are tremendous and signs point to the east and west overlooks.
From the Lexington Visitor Center, drive east on Washington Street to a left at the stoplight onto East Nelson Street (US-60). Continue for 15 miles through Buena Vista and beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass to a left onto Coffeytown Road (Route 634). Drive 1.6 miles to a right onto Wiggins Spring Road. After 3.5 miles there is a large open area to the left (Hog Camp Gap) and a parking area. If the seasonal gate is closed, park here, otherwise continue another 0.2 mile turn right into the parking area for the Mount Pleasant trailhead.
- Be prepared with drinking water.
- Conditions at the summit (around 4,000 feet) will be cooler with a steady to stiff breeze.
- Pack a picnic lunch comprised of a wrap or sandwich from Cattlemen's Market on Route 60 in Lexington.
- Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy 16 miles of scenery from Humphreys Gap (Route 60) to Elon Road (Route 130 / Route 501). As you exit the Parkway, turn right onto Elon Road and drive for nine miles to a left onto Wert Faulkner Highway (Route 130). Continue 6.2 miles through Glasgow until you reach the intersection with Lee Highway (US-11) where you will find Virginia’s Natural Bridge State Park, once called one of the Seven Wonders of the World