Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 7 - Gravel Spring Gap to Thornton Gap (US 211) Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
Weather  
Source
0.0
Gravel Springs Gap
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Gravel Springs Gap is at Mile 17.7 of Skyline Drive, 13.8 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The drive right here is going east-west. A parking area is on the "east" (actually south) side of the road. See attached map. To see the lot on the street view, rotate the view to the south. Coordinates N38.7679 W78.2337. The AT crosses the road here. Northbound is on the "west" (actually north) side of the drive, southbound is on the "east" (actually south) side. The northbound trail can be seen by rotating the street view to the north. The southbound trail crosses the parking lot.06/05/2016 8-10 1
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1.2
Skyline Drive (Mile 18.9)
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The AT crosses Skyline drive at Mile 18.9, 12.6 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211) . The marker on the attached map indicats the crossing. Coordinates are N38.75864 W78.2510. Roadside parking might be possible here for a few cars. Rotate the street view to the east to see the northbound trail. Rotate to the west to see the southbound trail. 01/14/10 Limited roadside parking 1
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1.5
Keyser Run Fire Road
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Parking for the Keyser Run Fire Road is on the east side of Skyline Drive at Mile 19.4. This is 12.1 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The marker on the attached map indicates the intersection of the two roads. Coordinates are 38.7576 -78.3565. Note: On the most recent Google map Keyser Run road is called the Jinney Gray road. The Keyser Run Fire Road actually runs down the east side of the ridge. A spur trail goes west across the Drive and meets the AT in about 100 feet. Northbound is right, southbound is left. 06/05/2016 8-10 1
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1.9
Little Hogback Parking Overlook
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Little Hogback Parking Overlook is at Mile 19.7 of Skyline Drive, 11.8 miles north of Thornton Gap. The parking area is on the west side of the road. The marker on the attached map indicates its position. Rotate the street view to the north to see the parking area. Coordinates at the parking area are N38.7584 W78.2622 . Short spur trail (50 feet) leads to AT. Southbound is left, northbound is right. 06/05/2016 10 1
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3.1
Hogback Mt. North
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Best parking is at the Hogback Overlook at mile 20.9 of Skyline Drive, 10.6 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The marker on the attached map indicates the trail crossing. The large parking area can be seen on the satellite view to the west of the crossing. Coordinates at the crossing are N38.7620 W78.2774. The AT crosses the Drive north (compass east) of the overlook. The northbound trail goes east up a gated service road to radio towers. To see this rotate the street view to the east. Rotate the street view to the west to see the southbound trail. Look for the white blaze. The southbound trail goes east, crosses over one of the summits of Hogback Mt. and recrosses the Drive in 0.3 miles (See Mile 3.4.) 06/04/2016 None at Trail Crossing 1
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The marker on the map here indicates the Hogback Mountain Parking area. The street view can be rotated to show the entire parking area. From here one may walk either south or north a short distance to pick up the AT. Coordinates at the parking area are N38.7628 W78.2794. 06/04/16 15-20 1
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3.4
Hogback Mt. South
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There is a parking area adjacent to the AT at Mile 21.1 on Skyline Drive, 10.4 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The parking area is on the west side of the Drive. Even more parking is available at the Hogback Overlook a short distance north on the Drive (at Mile 20.9 of Skyline Drive). Parking numbers given are for the closer parking area. See Mile 3.1 for more information about the Hogback Overlook parking, The marker on the attached map indicates where the AT crosses Skyline Drive here. Choose the street view option to see the area. Rotate to the east to see the northbound trail. Rotate to the south to see the southbound trail and part of the lot adjacent to the trail. More of the lot is visible in the west view. Coordinates at the crossing are N38.7610 W78.2820. 06/04/2016 15 1
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4.4
Rattlesnake Point Overlook
  Poor            Great



 
Rattlesnake Point Overlook is at Mile 21.9 of Skyline Drive, 9.6 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211) . The parking area is on the east side of the road. The marker on the attached map indicate the overlook parking. while the A marker shows the trail crossing. You can use the street view option (e.g. click on the thumbnail pictures) to see the parking area Coordinates at the parking area are N38.7516 W78.2887. The AT crosses the Drive about 500 feet south of the overlook parking area. 06/04/2016 8 1
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The marker on the attached map here indicates the trail crossing which is about 500 feet south of the parking area. The street view to the north shows the northbound trail, while the view to the south shows the southbound AT. Coordinates at the crossing are N38.7510 W78.2902 06/04/16 None at trail crossing 1
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5.9
Elkwallow Trail
  Poor            Great




Ample Parking at Elkwallow Wayside (snack bar, gift shop, gas station) in Elkwallow Gap. Entrance to this is at Mile 24.0 of Skyline Drive, 7.5 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). This area is on the west side of the drive. The marker on the attached map indicates the parking area for the Elkwallow Wayside. The GPS coordinates are N 38.7388 W 78.3098 The street view is from the Skyline Drive. Note the parking area on the right in the northwest view. This is the trailhead for the Elkwallow Trail. The Elkwallow Trail goes north from the wayside and reaches the AT in about 0.1 mile. At that point which has the northbound AT goes right, the southbound goes left. The northbound trail soon crosses Skyline Drive. 06/02/16 30-40 1
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This is similar to the previous listing except that the marker indicates the area where the AT crosses Skyline Drive near Elkwallow Wayside. In the street view to the west, the southbound trail can be seen going to the right. The northbound trail is harder to see but goes to the left a little further to the south. It is a bit clear in the south street view. 06/02/16 1
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6.3
Elkwallow Picnic Area
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The entrance to Elkwallow Picnic Area is at Mile 24.2 of Skyline Drive, 7.3 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). It is on the west side of the Drive. Drive to back of area. Parking for 8-10 cars there with dispersed parking available elsewhere in the picnic area. A spur trail leads west 200 feet from the rear parking lot to the AT. Southbound AT is straight ahead, northbound is to the right. 3/6/2006
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The location of the rear parking lot is indicated by the marker on the attached map. Parts of it can be seen in the satellite view. Coordinates 38.7409 -78.3120 06/02/16 8-10 1
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The marker on the attached map indicates the entrance to the picnic area. This road can be seen on the north view on the street view. Coordinates at the entrance are N 38.7381 W 78.3107 06/02/16 1
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8.7
Thornton River Trail
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Parking for the Thornton River Trail is at mile 25.4 of Skyline Drive, 6.1 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). Parking area is on east side of Drive. The marker shows the location of the parking area. The street views to the south and east show the parking area. The trail head is about 200 feet south on Skyline Drive. Coordinates at the parking area are N 38.7238 W 78.3201 The majority of the Thornton River Trail lies to the east of the drive. However a portion of it is on the west side. Go west on the Thornton River Trail. This climbs fairly steeply and meets the AT at the top of a ridge. At the AT intersection southbound is left, northbound is right. This junction marks the western terminus of the Thornton River Trail. Coordinates at the junction are. N 38.7217 W 78.3241 . 1/6/2010 (Updated 06/02/16). 8-10 1
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The street view to the on the attached map shows the westbound Thornton River Trail leaving Skyline Drive. The view to the north shows the parking area few hundred feet away. Coordinates at the trail head are N38.72325 W78.32090. 06/03/1606/03/16 1
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9.8
Neighbor Mt Parking Area
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The Neighbor Mt. Parking Area is at Mile 26.8 of Skyline Drive, 4.7 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The parking area is on the west side of the road. The marker on the attached map indicates this lot. The street view to the south on the attached map shows the lot The coordinates for the parking area are N38.7077 W78.3307. A blue-blazed trail goes west from the parking area for about 0.1 miles to meet the AT. Northbound AT is right, southbound is left. Coordinates at the AT are N38.7070 W78.3318. 1/6/2010 1
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11.1
Beahms Gap Parking Overlook
  Poor            Great



 
Large parking area for Beahms Gap Overlook is at Mile 28.5, 3.0 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). This is on the west side of the drive. See attached map. The marker indicates the parking area. Rotate the street view clockwise from south to north see the entire parking area. Coordinates N38.6947 W78.3198 A spur trail leads west 0.1 miles to the AT. Right on the AT is northbound, left is southbound. 3/8/2006 (Updated 06/03/2016) 20-30 1
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11.4
Beahms Gap Crossing
  Poor            Great



 
See previous entry (Mile 11.1) for information about parking at Beahms Gap. There is no parking right at the crossing. Coordinates at crossing N38.6941 W78.3196
The AT crosses the Drive here south of the parking area. The marker indicates the crossing. Rotate the street view on the map to the east to see the southbound trail. Rotate to the west to see the northbound trail. 06/03/2016 0 at crossing 1
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14.5
Thornton Gap
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The southern end of this section is where the AT crosses US 211 in Thornton Gap. There is no parking there. To the east of the trail crossing is an exit for Skyline Drive (Mile 31.5). Best parking is probably in parking lot for the now removed Panorama Gift Shop. The lower lot is accessible from US 211. It is on the south side of the highway. This entrance is indicated by marker on the map. The street view to the south shows the entrance. Coordinates at the entrance are N38.6606 W78.3219. Access to larger upper lot is from Skyline Drive (fee to enter park). See mile 0.2 of Section 8 for more on the upper lot. To reach AT from lower parking lot, walk west along shoulder of highway about 0.1 mile to reach AT crossing where there is a pedestrian crosswalk. To go south on Section 8, go left. To go north on Section 7, go right across the highway.

To reach AT from the upper lot, take the short spur trail from the southwest corner of the parking lot. This meets the AT in a short distance. To the right (north) it is 0.2 miles to the highway crossing. Southbound is to the left. 06/03/2016
30-40 in each lot 1
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The marker on the attached map is at the actual trail crossing of US 211. Thre is no parking here. See previous listing for information on parking. as can be seen from the street view there is a marked pedestrian crossing. The street view to the north shows the northbound AT to Section 7. The view to the south shows the southbound trail to Section 6. Coordinates at the crossing N38.6610 W78.3234. 06/03/16 1
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This section is described as Section 2 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park"
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