RATC Hike #11: Pearis Cemetery to Big Horse Gap

This will be a strenuous 11.6 mile hike. We will meet at Orange Market and then shuttle our vehicles before beginning the hike. This hike follows the AT north from Big Horse Gap near Dismal Falls in Giles County. It goes along the ridge line of Pearis Mountain. At 3.0 miles there is a rock cliff which provides good views of Sugar Run Mountain. The trail passes Doc’s Knob Shelter at 2.9 miles. At 8.1 miles there is another cliff, which provides good views of Wilburn Valley. Angel’s Rest is reached at 8.5 miles. This provides great views of the New River Valley and Peters Mountain. From there the trail descends towards Pearisburg and traverses Bluff City, then completes its descent at the Pearis Cemetery Parking, a dirt lot just off Va 100.

$7.00 carpool fee