Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 9 - Skyland to Fishers Gap 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
Skyland (North Entrance)
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This northern 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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0.8
Skyland (South Entrance)
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The south entrance to Skyland is at Mile 42.5 of Skyline Drive, 11.0 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 23.0 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). There is a small parking lot (actually for the nearby stables) on the entrance road just a short diatance west (compass north) of the intersection. Other parking is available in the Skyland area. The AT crosses the south entrance road just west (compass north) of the parking area. The parking area can be seen on the satellite view on the attached map. The green arrow indicates the parking lot. Rotate the street view to the north to see the view down the south entrance road from Skyline Drive. The parking is just out of sight on the left side of the road. . 1/9/2010 5-6 1
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2.0
Timber Hollow Parking Overlook
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Timber Hollow Parking Overlook is at Mile 43.3 of Skyline Drive, 11.8 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 21.2 miles north of Rockfish Gap (US 33). Rotate the street view on the attached map to the west to see the parking area. A short spur trail leads west downhill to meet the AT. It may the one visible in the satellite view on the attached map. Southbound is left, northbound is right. 1/9/2010 15-20 1
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2.9
Crescent Rock Parking Overlook
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Crescent Rock Parking Overlook is at Mile 44.4 of Skyline Drive, 12.9 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 21.1 miles north of Swift run Gap (US 33) A trail leads to Bettys Rock Viewpoint from the north end of the parking lot. In a few feet, at a signed junction, a spur trail goes west and descends about 0.1 mile to reach the trail. Southbound is left, northbound is right. The trails and parking area can be seen on the satellite view of the attached map. Rotate the street view from west to northwest to see the parking area. 1/9/2010 20 1
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3.3
Hawksbill Gap
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Hawksbill Gap Parking Area is at Mile 45.6, 14.1 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 19.9 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). There is parking on both sides of the road. The green arrow on the attached map indicates Hawksbill Gp. Rotate the street view to see the parking at this site. A number of trails leave from here. (See attached map). A trail climbs Hawksbill and the Cedar Run Trail goes east. The access trail goes west and downhill from the parking area, intersecting the AT in about 300 feet. Southbound is left, northbound right. 11/17/09 10-15 1
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5.2
Spitler Knob Parking Overlook
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Spitler Knob Parking Overlook is at mile 48.1, 16.6 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 17.4 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). In addition to the parking at the overlook, there is an adjacent parking lot at the actual trailhead just north of the overlook. This is signed as parking for Rock Spring Cabin. The green arrow indicates Rock Spring Cabin parking area. Rotate the street view to see the parking area. A spur trail descends west 150 feet from the Rock Spring Cabin parking to meet the AT. Southbound is left, northbound is right. 11/17/09 20 1
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6.0
Franklin Cliffs Parking Overlook (north)
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Franklin Cliffs Parking Overlook is at Mile 49.0, 17.5 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 16.5 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The Overlook is on the west side of the Drive. Rotate the steret view on the attached map to the west to see the parking area through the trees from Skyline Drive. This is the more northerly of two spur trails to the AT from the Overlook. this one descends to meet the AT in 0.3 miles. Northbound is right, southbound is left. Note: I have never taken this particular trail, but have seen the post marking the intersection. The AT guide warns that the trail is "obscure". 1/9/2010

15 1
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6.3
Franklin Cliffs Parking Overlook (South)
  Poor            Great



 
See previous entry for directions to Franklin Cliffs Overlook. This is the more southerly of two spur trails to the AT from the Overlook. This one descends to meet the AT in 0.3 miles. Northbound is right, southbound is left. Note: I have never taken this particular trail, but have seen the post marking the intersection. The AT guide warns that the trail, like its counterpart to the north, is "obscure". It leaves from the south end of the overlook. 1/9/2010

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6.5
Fishers Gap
  Poor            Great



 
Fishers Gap is at mile 49.3 of Skyline Drive, 17.8 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 16.2 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Official southern end of this section is where trail crosses gated Red Gate Fire Road 350 feet west of Skyline Drive. The marker indicates this trail crossing of Redgate Fire Road. No parking here but ample parking at Fishers Gap Overlook, 0.1 miles further south. This can be seen on the attached map. See Mile 0.1 of Section 10 From overlook parking area follow short spur west downhill to reach AT. Go right 0.1 mile to reach southern terminus of Section 9 11/17/09 0 here, 20 at overlook 1
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This section is described as Section 4 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park"
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