The Priest (mountain)
|The Priest ( DePriest)|
|Elevation||4,063 ft (1,238 m)|
|Prominence||800 ft (240 m)|
|Location||Nelson County, Virginia|
|Parent range||Blue Ridge Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS Massies Mill|
The Priest (DePriest) is a mountain in Nelson County, Virginia. The peak of the mountain is the highest point in the county. The mountain is on a spur off the main Blue Ridge Mountains, about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) east of Maintop Mountain, located in the Priest Wilderness of the George Washington National Forest.
The Priest stands within the watershed of the Tye River, which drains into the James River. The north side of The Priest drains into Coxs Creek, thence into the Tye River. The south side of The Priest drains into Rocky Run, thence into the Tye. The west side of The Priest drains into Shoe Creek, thence into the Piney River and the Tye River.
The Appalachian Trail, a 2,193-mile (3,529.29-km) National Scenic Trail from Georgia to Maine, runs across the summit of The Priest. The summit is reachable via the Appalachian Trail from a trail head along Virginia State Route 56. The hike gains 3000 vertical feet from base to summit.
- Appalachian Trail "State by State", http://www.appalachiantrail.org, viewed 5/23/2009.
- Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Map #12, Edition 10, revised May 2006.