House Mountain – A prominent Rockbridge County landmark, five miles west of Lexington. The mountain consists of two peaks with gentle meadowland between called ”the saddle.” Once a pasture and apple orchard, the saddle looks up at the cliffs of Big House Mountain to the west (3,645 feet) and Little House Mountain to the East (3,386 feet). NOTE: THE TRAIL HAS NOW RE-OPENED (FOLLOWING CLEANUP AFTER THE STORM OF JUNE 29, 2012). To reach the trails from Lexington, take Rt. 60 west 2 miles. Turn left on Jacktown Road (Rt. 641), continue 3.5 miles. Turn right on Saddle Ridge Rd., 1/4 mile to the end of state maintenance and park. Do not block the entrances. As you begin the walk, bear right at the first fork in the road to reach the saddle, which is located 2 miles from the parking area. There is a white gate and information board here. The hike is moderate to the saddle. The hike to Big House Mountain to the west is difficult.
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