Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 8 - Thornton Gap (US 211) to Skyland Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
Weather  
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0.0
Thornton Gap
  Poor            Great



 
The northern end of this section is where the AT crosses US 211 in Thornton Gap. (Maker A on the attached map). 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 Panorama Gift Shop (formerly a restaurant). The lower lot is accessible from US 211. It is on the south side of the highway. This entrance is indicated by Marker B on the map. Click on the cameras icon for B. The street view to the south shows the entrance. This picture was taken when the facility was under construction. It is supposedly now open. 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. Click on the camera icon by marker A to see the highway crossing. The view to the NE shows the northbound trail. The view to the southeast shows the southbound trail. 11/16/09 At least 30 in lower lot 1
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0.2
Panorama Spur Trail
  Poor            Great




Enter the National Park (fee) at Thornton Gap. Go south on Skyline Drive. The upper parking for the Panorama Gift Shop is the first right. This spur leaves from the southwest corner of parking lot and meets the AT in a short distance. Northbound to Section 7 is right. US 321 is 0.2 miles in that direction. Southbound to SEction 8 left. 11/16/09 40 or more in upper lot 1
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At the Panorama Parking Lot, there is nothing more than restrooms, a few picnic tables, recycle bins, and educational signs. The gift shop is long gone. 05/02/11 50 or more in the two lots
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2.5
Meadow Spring Trail
  Poor            Great



 
Parking for the blue-blazed Meadow Spring trail l is at mile 33.5 of Skyline Drive, 1.9 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 32.0 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Small parking lot (Meadow Spring Parking area) is on east side of drive. The attached map shows the area of the trailhead on Skyline Drive. Rotate the street view to the north to see the parking area To see the trailhead rotate the street view to the west. Go west from Drive on Meadow Spring Trail. AT Guide describes this as a steep climb, a level section, then another steep climb to the AT. Junction with the AT is 0.7 miles from Drive. Southbound is left, northbound right. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 38.6420 -78.3206. 1/8/2010 5-6 1
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3.2
Byrds Nest Service Road
  Poor            Great



 
Coordinates of the Byrds Nest #3 Shelter are 38.6343 -78.3236. 1/8/2010
4.9
Leading Ridge Trail
  Poor            Great



 
This trail meets the AT at mile 36.2 of Skyline Drive. Best parking is at Jewell Hollow Overlook. Walk north along Drive from Jewell Hollow Overlook. This blue-blazed trail goes left. It meets the AT in 0.1 miles. Nortbound is right, southbound is left. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 38.6276 -78.3366. The attached map show the area of the trailhead (green arrow). Rotate to the north to see the trailhead. Look for the typical Shenandoah cement post trail marker.


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5.2
Jewell Hollow Overlook
  Poor            Great



 
Jewell Hollow Overlook is at Mile 36.4 of Skyline Drive, 4.9 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 29.1 miles north of Swift run Gap (US 33). Parking area is on the west side of the drive. The green arrow indicates the entrance. Rotate the street view to the northwest to see the parking area. Spur trail leads west 75 feet to meet AT. Southbound is left, northbound 1/8/2010 20-30 1
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Jewell Hollow Overlook was closed in 2011 April for construction. Pinnacles Picnic Area is close by and still available. 05/02/11
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5.3
Pinnacles Picnic Area
  Poor            Great



 
Entrance to Pinnacles Picnic Area is at Mile 36.7 of Skyline Drive, 5.2 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 28.8 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Ample dispersed parking throughout the picnic area. AT circles around the north and west sides of the picnic area and can be picked up at several points. On the west side there is a large sign about the Appalachian Trail and inviting people to walk on a portion of it. 3/4/06 1
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6.4
Corbins Cabin Parking
  Poor            Great



 
Corbins Cabin Parking Area is at mile 37.9 of Skyline Drive, 6.4 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 27.6 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The small parking area is on the on the west side of the drive. The green arrow indicates the parking area. Rotate the street view to the north to see it. Corbins Cabin Cutoff Trail goes east from the parking area. The AT comes very close to the drive on the west side and a short unblazed trail on the west side leads to the AT. 3/4/06 5-6 1
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7.0
Crusher Ridge Trail
  Poor            Great



 
While roadside parking might be possible, best parking is at the large Stony Man Parking Overlook 0.2 mile further south (Mile 38.6). This is 7.1 mile south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 26.9 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The green arrow and street view to the north show the trail head. The trail head is on the west side of the drive at Mile 38.4. Initially this is the Nicholson Hollow Trail, but in a few feet, the Crusher Ridge Trail goes right. It follows an old road along the crest of a low ridge, meeting the AT in about 0.1 miles. Southbound is left, northbound is right. Coordinates at the trailhead are 38.6144 -78.3592. 1/8/2010 Probably 0 at trailhead,30-40 at Stony Man Parking Area 1
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7.1
Nicholson Hollow Trail
  Poor            Great



 
See previous entry (Mile 7.0) for parking information. and a view of the trailhead on the map there. The trail head is on the west side of the drive at Mile 38.4. The Crusher Ridge Trail goes right in a few feet. Continue straight ahead. It is 0.1 miles to the AT. Southbound is left, northbound right. Coordinates at the AT are 38.6147 -78.3606. 1/8/2010 Probably 0 at trailhead,30-40 at Stony Man Parking Area
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7.5
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
  Poor            Great



 
See previous entry (Mile 7.0) for information about the large parking area at Stony Man Mt. Overlook. The map attached here is centered (green arrow) on the south end of the parking area. Rotate the street view to the northwest to see the lot. The parking area is obviously under construction in the street view but this has undoubtedly been completed by now. A short (200 feet) spur trail leaves from the south end of the parking area and meets the AT. This can be seen on the attached map. On the street view, rotate the picture until two cars are visible. the spur begins near where the darker car is parked. At the junction of the spur and the AT, southbound AT is left, northbound right. 1/8/2010. 30-40 1
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7.9
Little Stony Mt. Parking Area
  Poor            Great



 
The Little Stony Mt. Parking Area is at Mile 38.6 of Skyline Drive, 7.1 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 26.9 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). See attached map. The green arrow and the street viewishow the area of the parking. A short spur trail leads 150 feet to the AT. Northbound is right, southbound left. 11/16/09 8-10 1
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9.5
Skyland (North Entrance)
  Poor            Great



 
This southern end of this section is at the crossing of the north entrance road to Skyland resort, a few feet west of the road's intersection with Skyline Drive at Mile 41.7, 10.2 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 23.8 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The Stony Man Nature Trail Parking area is on the north side of the entrance road. The B marker on the map is at the parking lot. The A marker is at the entrance road. The street view to the north shows the entrance road. The parking lot is partially visible in the background on the right side of the entrance road. The northbound AT (to section 8) coincides with the Stony Man Nature Trail until near the summit. The southbound AT(to Section 9) crosses the entrance road. 1/8/2010 20 1
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This section is described as Section 3 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park"
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