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Brushy Mountain is located just north of Roanoke in the Carvins Cove Recreation area. There were three reasons I had for this hike. First, Carvins Cove is a huge recreation area with lots of trails and I wanted to check it out. Second, Brushy Mountain is tied for being the 90th most prominent mountain in Virginia with 1028 feet of prominence. I like lists, so I thought I would check a mountain off my list of the 100 Most Prominent Mountains in Virginia list. Third, it was close to home and mountains close to home are worth climbing. The trails are in great shape with the minor annoyance of the recent autumn leaves creating slippery spots in a few of the steep areas. (My impression is that Carvins Cove is a big mountain biking area and the local mountain bikers do their part to maintain the trails and the nice trail signs.) Also although, it was a bit rainy when I went, the top of the mountain was shrouded in a misty fog and made for some unique summit as the pictures show.