Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 10 - Fishers Gap to Swift Run Gap (US 33) Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
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Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
Fishers Gap
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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 northern 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 for more information about access from the overlook. 11/18/09 0 here, 20 at overlook 1
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0.1
Fishers Gap Overlook
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Fishers Gap Overlook 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). Overlook is on west side of Drive. From the overlook a short spur trail (100 feet) leads west and downhill to the AT. Northbound to Section 9 is to the right, southbound to Section 10 is to the left. See attached map.11/18/2009 20 1
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1.6
Lodge Trail
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Entrance to the Big Meadows area is at mile 51.2 on Skyline Drive, 19.7 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 14.3 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Ample parking at the lodge and the amphitheater. The markers on the attached map here show parking around the amphitheater. See next listing for more detail about parking at the lodge. The AT in this area is looping around the Big Meadows area. To reach the AT at this point go east from lodge on paved walk or west from amphitheater. At trail junction on the west side of the Amphitheater, go north (and downhill) a short distance to reach AT. Southbound is left, northbound is right. This side trail, the lodge and the amphitheater can all be seen on the satellite view on the map. . 3/26/08 Ample 1
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2.0
Trail to Blackrock and Lodge
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See previous entry (mile 1.6) for directions to Big meadows. Best parking for this access point would probably be at Big Meadows Lodge. The marker on the attached map indicates the lodge parking area. Ample parking at lodge. To reach AT go south from the parking lot following signs for Blackrock. It is 0.2 miles to Blackrock (view) and another 0.1 mile to AT. Southbound is left, northbound is right. 3/26/2008 Ample 1
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2.5
Service Road (Small Parking Area)
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See previous entries for directions to Big Meadows. Continue south (compass west right here) from the entrance to the Big Meadows Area for 0.1 miles to a small parking area on the right. This is next to a service road (AKA Lewis Springs Road) going off to the right. If you rotate the street view on the attached map, both the small lot and the service road can be seen.

The intersection of the service road is at Mile 51.4 of Skyline Drive. Go compass north on gated service road (aka Lewis Springs Road). The AT crosses 0.3 miles from Skyline Drive. Southbound is to left, northbound is to right. 07/12/11 4-5 1
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2.5
Service Road/ Wayside (restaurant) Parking
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See previous entries for directions to Big Meadows. Ample parking for this access is at Wayside (restaurant) or visitor center, which are at the entrance to the Big Meadows area. If you rotate the street view of the map attached here, the entrance to Big meadows can be seen. The Service road is 0.1 miles south (compass west) on Skyline Drive. the Wayside is the building visible in the picture. Most of the parking is on the other side of this. This would also be the point to turn off Skyline Drive to reach the access points at Miles 1.6 and 2.0. If parking at the Wayside, walk 0.1 miles south (actually compass west here) along Skyline Drive from the Wayside. The intersection of the service road is at Mile 51.4 of Skyline Drive. Go compass north on gated service road (aka Lewis Springs Road). The AT crosses 0.3 miles from Skyline Drive. Southbound is to left, northbound is to right. 07/12/11 Ample 1
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3.1
Tanners Ridge Road
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This gated road intersects the Skyline Drive at Mile 51.6 of latter. Best parking is probably at Tanners Ridge Overlook just to north of the intersection. The overlook is on the west side of the road. The markers on the attached map indicate its position. Rotate the street view to see this parking area. Tanners Ridge Road and and Tanners Ridge Cemetery where the AT crosses are also seen on the satellite view. Go west on the Tanners Ridge Road for 0.1 miles to intersect the AT at Tanners Ridge Cemetery. Southbound Trail is left, northbound trail is right. 11/18/09 8 1
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4.2
Milam Gap
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There is a large parking lot on the west side of Skyline Drive in Milam Gap at Mile 52.8. This is 21.3 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 12.7 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The green arrow on the attached map shows the entrance to the lot. If you rotate thes street view to the southwest, you can see the lot. The AT crossing is just beyond it. The AT crosses Skyline Drive here just south of the parking lot. Nortbound is on the west side, southbound is on the east side. 11/17/09 20 1
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7.0
Bootens Gap
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Bootens Gap is at Mile 55.1 on Skyline Drive, 23.6 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 10.4 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The Drive intersects Conway River Fire Road here. This goes east from drive. Small parking area immediately after turning onto road. The green arrow and street view on the attached map show the parking area. The AT is just to the east of the parking area. 3/26/2008 6 1
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8.4
Bearfence Mt Parking Area
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Parking area is at Mile 56.4 of Skyline Drive, 24.9 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 9.1 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Parking area is on west side of the road. It can be seen on the satellite view of the attached map. The green arrow and street view are at the parking area. Rotate the street view to see the lot. Blue-blazed BearFence Mt. Trail goes east across the road from the parking area. It is 0.1 mles to the AT. Southbound is to the right, northbound is to the left. 11/18/09 15 1
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9.4
Slaughter Trail
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Parking area is at Mile 56.8 of Skyline Drive, 25.3 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 8.7 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). It is on the west side. The green arrow on the attached map marks the intersection of skyline Drive and the Slaughter Trail. Walk down the Drive for a few hundred feet to a dirt road heading east. This is the yellow-blazed Slaughter Trail. Follow this for a short distance to intersect the AT. Southbound is right, northbound is left. The satellite view on the attached map shows both the Slaughter Trail and the parking area. The street view to the southeast shows the Slaughter Trail. If you rotate the view to the north, the entrance to the parking are can seen on the left. 2/26/06 6 1
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10.3
Lewis Mt. Campground Trail
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The entrance to Lewis Mt. Campground is at Mile 57.5 of Skyline Drive, 26.0 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211 and 8.0 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Dispersed parking thorughout campground or in parking lot at camp store.

A very short trail leads a few feet east from the east side of the campground to the AT. At the junction, southbound AT is right, northbound left. The green arrow on the attached map indicates the campground end (west) end of the spur. The coordinaes at the AT intersection are 38.4630 -78.4770. 1/10/2010

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The green arrow on the attached map indicates the parking lot for the campground store which is probably the best parking in the Lewis Mountain Campground area. From here walk along the road on the east side of the campground to access this side trail to the AT. Do not try to use this map for directions since Google does not acknowledge the existence of the campground road. 11/19/09 20-25 in this lot 1
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Rotate the street view of the attached map to see the area at the entrance to the Lewis Mountain Campground Area. 11/19/09 1
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10.4
Lewis Mt. East Trail
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See previous entry (Mile 10.3) for directions to Lewis Mt. Campground and information about parking. The green arrow on the attached map indicates the beginning of this trail in the campground. This blue-blazed trail, which is an old road, leaves from the southeast corner of the campground and meets the AT in a short distance. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 38.4120 -78.4880. Southbound is right, northbound is left. The old road which is the route of this trail is clearly seen on the satellite view on the map. 1/10/2010 1
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12.2
Pocosin Fire Road
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Pocosin Fire Road goes east from the Skyline Drive at Mile 59.5 of Skyline Drive, 28.0 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 6. miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). The small parking area is on the left a short distance after turning onto the fire road. If you rotate the street view on the attached map, the fire road can be seen. Some cars can also be seen further down this road. They are parked at the parking area. The green arrow marks the intersection with the Skyline Drive. The AT intesect the fire road about 0.1 mile from the Skyline Drive. Northbound is left, southbound right. 11/19/09 4-5 1
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14.2
Quarry/CCC Wood Road
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This gated old road intersects with the Skyline Drive at Mile 61.8 of Skyline Drive. This is 30.3 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 3.7 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). There is no parking lot here, but roadside parking is possible. There is also parking at Baldface Mt. Parking Overlook about 0.3 miles north on the Drive. There is a sign at this overlook giving the history of the CCC camp once located on the old road. Number of parking spaces listed is for the overlook. The road is unblazed. Go east from the Drive passing the site of an old CCC camp (nothing visible). The road intersects the AT in about 0.1-0.2 miles. Northbound is left, southbound is right. Straight ahead the road ends at an old quarry. AT high resolution, the intersection of the the AT an this road can be seen at coordinates 38.39155 -78.50455. 3/1/06 10-15
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The attached map shows the area of this access. Marker A on the attached map is at Baldface Mt. Overlook. Click on the camera icon by A and rotate from southwest to northwest to see the overlook parking. The location of the junction of the old road with Skyline Drive is shown by the marker B. Click on the camera icon for B and rotate the street view of the map to the southeast to see the wood road. 1/10.2010 1
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15.1
South River Fire Road
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This fire road meet Skyline Drive at Mile 62.7 of the latter. This is 31.2 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 2.8 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). Parking is at South River Overlook just south of the intersection. Overlook is on the east side of the Drive. Go east downhill on South River fire road which is yellow-blazed. This intersectis the AT in 0.3 miles. Northbound is left, southbound right. 2/26/06 10-15
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See attached map. The parking area is visible on the satellite view as is the trace of South River Fire Road going east from Skyline Drive. The green arrow is at the intersection of Skyline Drive and the fire road. Rotate the street view to the east to see the fire road. Rotate to the southwest to see the parking are and beyond it, the entrance to the South River picnic area. Coordinates at the intersection of the fire road and the AT are 38.3860 -78.5132 . 1/10/2010 1
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15.6
South River Falls Trail
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The entrance to the South River Picnic Area is at mile 62.8 on Skyline Drive, 31.2 miles south of Thornton Gap (US 211) and 2.8 miles north of Swift Run Gap (US 33). It is located on the east side of the Drive. This intersection is just south of the South River Overlook. ( See Mile 15.1.) Dispersed parking availabe throughout the picnic area. with small parking areas near the trail head which is marked by the green arrow. Follow South River Falls Trail which leaves from the back of the picnic area. It is 0.1 miles to the AT. Southbound is right, northbound is left.) See attached map which shows the picnic area and the access to the AT. 2/26/2006 1
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15.9
Fire Road
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This road intersects Skyline Drive at Mile 63.1 of latter. Parking area is on the west side of the road 0.1 mile south of the intersection. The A marker on the attached map shows the entrance to the parking area. Click on the camera icon for A and rotate the street view to the northwest to see the parking area.



From the parking area walk north on Skyline Drive to the gated fire road, which is paved for the first few feet. The B marker on the map indicates this point. Click on the camera icon for B on the map and rotate the street view to the southeast to see this fire road. Go east on the fire road. It intersects the AT in about 0.1 miles. Northbound is to the left. Southbound is straight ahead on the road. The AT follows the road for about 0.2 miles then bears right (south). 1/11/2010 10 1
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18.6
Swift Run Gap (US 33)
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Traveling thru the Swift Run Gap Park entrance and up the hill to the stop sign at Skyline Drive, the AT is directly across on the eastern side. The trail is the Skyline Drive across the bridge and then goes back in the woods on the western side. The park service has allowed for parking along the Skyline Drive shoulder on both sides of the bridge/overpass. 2/17/2006 Numerus spots on shoulder that has been allowed for by park service.
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Swift Run Gap is at Mile 65.5 on the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. US 33 crosses the Blue Ridge here. As noted above, roadside parking is allowed here.
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See attached map. Probably the best parking is roadside where the northbound AT leaves Skyline Drive. This area is indicated by the marker. Rotate the street view to the east see the parking spaces and the northbound trail to Section 10 climbing sidehill behind them. Rotate to the south to see the view down Skyline Drive. The southbound trail to Section 11 trail follows this over the US 33 overpass then goes right back into the woods. 1/11/2010 1
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he attached map shows the portion of the trail that runs along Skyline Drive in Swift Run Gap. Click on the camera icon by A and rotate he street view to the east to see the southbound trail meeting Skyline Drive. Look behind the back of the white car. The trail follows the road over US 33 and then goes right back into the woods. Click on the camera icon by B and rotate the street view to the west to see the trail at this point 01/14/10 1
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This section is described as Section 5 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park"
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