Dragonís Tooth from VA-624
5.5 miles, strenuous terrain
9.5 miles from the Orange Market, no shuttle, $1.00 carpool
The trail to Dragon's Tooth ascends steep, rugged
outcrops of quartzite, which form the spine of Cove Mountain.
The Tooth consists of spires of Tuscarora
quartzite, which outcrop on the top of Cove Mountain. The tallest tooth
projects roughly 35 feet above the surrounding rock.† A difficult hike, Dragon's Tooth summit offers magnificent views
of nearby and distant peaks year-round.
This will be an out and back hike starting on route
624. The hike will ascend 1,100 feet to Dragon's Tooth, a rock monolith with
good views of the Catawba valley. Along the way will be several other
viewpoints, including Rawie's Rest and Viewpoint Rock.