After being cooped up in your house for a few weeks, you might want to spend most of your time outside when all of this is over. There are plenty of outdoor attractions in Virginia that you might have never known existed. One of the best things to do in Virginia is hike to the top of this mountain for incredible views.

Sharp Top Trail in Bedford, Virginia is only an hour away from Roanoke and Lynchburg. This is a pretty popular spot because of the views and location. 

It's a more difficult hike because the elevation increases pretty quickly. Take your time as you climb up the mountain because you'll come across a few series of rock stairs you'll have to conquer. 

You'll pass many little scenic overlooks that you can take a breather before you get to the star of the show at the top. 

Depending on your hiking ability, it usually takes about 2.5 hours to finish the entire adventure.

Spending a good bit of time at the small overlooks, and at the huge overlook, might make that time go up because you'll be too busy trying to pick your jaw up off the ground. 

Before you make it to the top of the mountain, you'll notice an old, stone cottage which is used for shelter if it starts to rain. It also makes for a great resting spot (your thighs will thank you).

The top of Sharp Top has huge boulders you can climb on top of and take insane pictures on. There are plenty of spots for a picnic which could be a dream date idea. 

There will also be 360-degree views of the Piedmont Mountains to the East, and the Shenandoah Valley with the Allegheny Valley Mountains to the west. 

The best time to hike is right before the sunrises, or right before the sun sets. 

Sharp Top Trail 

Price: Free

Address: Sheep Creek Rd., Bedford, VA 

Why You Need To Go: This is a more difficult hike, but the overlooks and top of the mountain views are breathtaking. 

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