June 8


Harkening Hill – (2021) Unofficial Trail Guide

By Brian B

June 8, 2021

Balancing Rocks, Easy Hike, Peaks of Otter

Harkening Hill Statistics


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Hike Time in Hours


Iconic Picture Spot

Harkening Hill Trail - Yoanoke

Harkening Hill - (2021) Unofficial Trail Guide

 Balancing Rocks       Nature Walk        Overlook  

Harkening Hill is the third summit of the Peaks of Otter including Sharp Top Trail and Flat Top Mountain Trail. Managed in part by the National Parks Service, Harkening Hill is easy to moderate difficulty trail showcases many balancing rocks and a memorable outlook at the top.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Harkening Hill Location & Trail Conditions

Harkening Hill Links

USDA Forest Service

Peaks of Otter Hourly Weather


Reviews & Rankings

Harkening Hill Trail Best Picture Locations

Harkening Hill Overlook ranks among the Roanoke area's best views. Among the balancing rocks there are some strange-looking ones that look quite picturesque.

Harkening Hill Trail - Yoanoke

Harkening Hill Additional Information

Harkening Hill Trail completes the 3 part series of the Peaks of Otter in Virginia. Harkening Hill Trail is the lesser-used trail of the Peaks of Otter if only because it's overshadowed by the more known Sharp Top Trail.

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