Appalachian Trail to Spy Rock in Montebello

An approximate 2 mile moderately strenuous hike from the Montebello Fish Hatchery in Nelson County up to the Appalachian Trail and to Spy Rock, probably the best viewpoint in the central Blue Ridge. The rock outcrop, at 3,980 feet elevation, provides a 360 degree panoramic view of numerous mountain summits. Directions from State Route (SR) 56 at Crabtree Falls; Take SR 56 west towards Montebello. Turn left onto SR 690 to Montebello Fish Hatchery. A small parking lot for hikers is available beyond the hatchery buildings.Follow the trail for approximately .9 miles until it intersects the Appalachian Trail (white blazed). Turn left (north ) on the AT and follow it about .7 miles to the small side trail to Spy Rock. A rock scramble will lead to the top of Spy Rock.