Mt. Pleasant and Cole Mountain loops
12 miles, Strenuous$5.50 carpool fee, 57 miles from Roanoke
Group size is limited to 10 hikers.
This hike is in the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area situated in Amherst County northeast of Buena Vista. It consists of two loop trails, both having awesome views! We will park in the trailhead parking area (as space permits) and begin hiking in a clockwise fashion on the Henry Lanum Trail, up to Mount Pleasant summit trail, to enjoy spectacular views from the ridge top. Following our descent of Mount Pleasant, we will return to the Henry Lanum Trail, hike over to Pompey Mountain summit to see what there is to see, then back down to the parking area. Upon returning to the parking area, we will hike the Cole Mountain loop by taking the Old Hotel Trail counterclockwise, making our way to the Appalachian Trail. On the way, we will see “hog walls.” Reportedly, these 200+ year old stone walls were constructed to partition livestock. The AT will meander through a mountain meadow, a rarity in this area, where you will feel like you’re on top of the world! From the meadow, we will descend back to the parking area.