Many of the sites in the Mount Rogers Loop are within the 150,000 acres of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, a part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. This entire region is often referred to as the “rooftop of Virginia,” because it is home to the highest point in the Old Dominion. The summit of Mount Rogers stands at an elevation of 5729 feet, while Virginia’s second highest peak is nearby Whitetop Mountain at 5520 feet. The high elevation range makes this a magnificent stop for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Neotropical songbirds typically nesting in more northern climates can be found breeding within this region. Blackburnian warbler, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet and even red crossbill and northern saw-whet owl may be found here in summer. Salamander diversity includes an abundance of Jordan’s salamander, and rarities such as pygmy salamander. Visitors should anticipate cooler temperatures at these higher elevations even during summer, despite the warmer climate of surrounding areas of lower elevations. The Appalachian Trail meanders throughout this area as well.
Wythe County Parks, Recreation and Tourism