Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 15 - Rockfish Gap (I-64/US 250) to Reeds Gap Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
Rockfish Gap Commercial Area (I-64/US 250)
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Take exit for Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive off I-64 (about 5 miles east of Waynesboro). Ample parking in parking lots for defunct restaurant/motel on south side of freeway. Trail comes in from north across two overpasses then bears left downhill. The markers and street view on the attached map show the extensive parking possible at the mostly defunct businesses at the gap. Rockfish Gap Visitors center has list of "Trail Angels" who will shuttle hikers into Waynesboro. 1/22/09 40-50 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
4/4/08 1
at @ rohland.org
Three hikers from Richmond parked their car at Rockfish Gap -Skyline Dr. MP 105- on Monday, noon. Took their other car to Tye River. Monday night the drivers window was Blown Out, and a GPS, Camera, and a Road Emergency Kit were stolen. Park LE has all the information and photos.

What a shame. Many hikers use that parking space for day-section hikes. Also, overseers use it when working. I hope it was not the beginning of a new trend. There were many cars at the Visitor Center that night, with no damage. The drivers side window was broken, - the most visible side, and left a hole about the size of a volley ball. I cleaned up the glass, and swept the parking lot. The hikers returned early Wed. morning they told me they broke camp at 3am so the could get home early and after talking to Park Officials, returned to Richmond. ... Bill
08/02/09

lpotteiger @ appalachiantrail.org
In view of the above vandalism report, the following advice from Earl Arnold of the Dutch Haus B&B might be germane. He runs shuttles in the area.

We have heard of several parking issues at Rockfish over the years. When the visitor center closes at night, the place is deserted. There are no lights and no people. Plus any troublemakers have easy access to the interstate, the parkway or the state highway. We have always suggested to anyone parking in that area overnight to use the parking lot at the Inn at Afton. They do not charge. It is staffed 24 hours and is well lit. Just check in with the front desk and let them know how long you will be gone and give them your tag number. Unfortunately, it appears the Inn at Afton has been in decline for many years now. No restaurant, many rooms are not usable, terrible online reviews. Accordingly, it may not be available in the future. But as of now, it is a far better alternative. I would even suggest parking at the parking area on the Parkway/Skyline Drive would be safer than at the visitor center. It is farther away from the highway or interstate.
08/05/09

dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The attached map shows the section of Skyline Drive/ Blue Ridge Parkway which the trail follows. The southbound trail from Section 14 comes in from the east at Marker A. Click on the camera icon by A and rotate the street view to the northeast to see the trail at this point. The trail then follows the road to marker B, then goes left (east) at Marker B. Click on the camera icon and rotate the street view to the northeast. The southbound trail to section 15 goes through the break between the stone wall and the wooden guard rail and then parallels the road but at a lower elevation for a few hundred feet. 01/14/10 01/15/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
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Rockfish Gap (Hiker Parking Area)
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See directions to Rockfish Gap above. In view of the reports of vandalism at Rockfish Gap above, I have included a map that shows the hiker parking area that Earl Arnold mentions. The markers and the street view are at this lot. It is on the east side of Skyline Drive just south of the I-64 overpass. 01/14/10 01/15/10 10-15 in hiker parking lot 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.5
Blue-blazed Trail to Humpback Rocks Parking Area
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Drive 6.1 miles on Blue Ridge Parkway to parking area for Humpback Rocks (just past Humpback Rocks visitor center). Take short access road left (east) to parking area. The position of the parking lot is indicated by the green arrow. The street view to the northeast shows the intersection of the parkway with this side road. See next entry for view of the parkling lot. Blue-blazed trail leads north from parking lot 1.0 miles to AT. If hiking southbound on AT, this is the second blue-blazed trail to the right after leaving Wolfe Shelter. The correct junction is well-signed. The first blue blazed trail is an alternate trail that eventually joins the trail to the parking lot. 11/23/09 10-15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
7.6
Howardsville Turnpike to Humpback Rocks Parking Area
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See previous entry (Mile 6.6) Take the unmarked path which leads east from the parking lot. Rotate the street view on the attached map to the east to see the parking area. The view is from the location of the green arrow. This trail begins aboutt where the white car is parked in the back row. In a short distance it is apparent that you are on a old road (Howardsville Turnpike). This is shown as a white line on the satellite view on the attached map, but the road has long since been closed to traffic. Go 0.25 miles to AT. Southbound trail is straight ahead on road, northbound trail to left. 11/23/09 10-15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Update...today I linked with the AT from this parking area (also referred to as Humpback Gap). It is located exactly at the BRP MP 6.0 marker. The trail is NO LONGER unmarked. It is now blazed blue with signage right at the trailhead directing you forward to meet the AT in .25 miles. It is also the trailhead closest to the garbage container. 06/25/17 1
WardandDA @ gmail.com
10.5
Blue-blazed Trail to Humpback Rocks Parking Area
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See previous entry (Mile 6.6) Take blue-blazed trail to south. This climbs steeply 0.8 miles to Humpback Rocks and then 0.3 miles more to AT. There the northbound AT goes left while the southbound goes right. 11/23/09 10-15
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.1
Blue-blazed Trail to Humpback Rocks Picnic Area - trail head
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Drive 8.5 miles south on Blue Ridge Parkway from Rockfish Gap (I-64). Road to Humpback Rocks picnic area is on left. Parking for several cars right at trail head, many others in picnic area. The green arrow indicates the approximate location of the trailhead parking lot. This blue blazed trail leaves from the back of picnic area . It is 0.3 miles to AT. I remember a large sign marking the trail from a previous visit, but now all there is only a large white AT symbol painted on a rock to mark the actual trailhead. 11/23/2009 6-8 at trailhead, more in picnic area 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
14.3
Dripping Rock Parking Area
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Drive 10.6 miles south on Blue Ridge Parkway from Rockfish Gap (I-64). Dripping Rock Springs is on left. AT crosses Parkway here. Northbound goes east, southbound west. 4-5
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The parking area can be seen on the satellite view on the attached map. 07/07/11
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at @ rohland.org
18.6
Three Ridges Overlook
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Drive 13.1 miles south on Blue Ridge Parkway from Rockfish Gap (I-64). Three Ridges Overlook is on left. The green arrow on the attached map indicates the overlook. (There is no view of Thee Ridges in spite of the name). The street view to the southwest shows the overlook area. Southbound AT crosses Parkway here. cuts across the overlook parking area then goes south towards Reeds Gap 11/23/2009 8-10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
19.1
Reeds Gap
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From Rockfish gap (I-64) follow Blue Ridge Parkway 13.6 miles to intesection with VA 664. Parking on south side of VA 664 just east of intersection. See attached map. Rotate the street view to the southeast to see the parking area. . The AT crosses VA 684 just east of the parking area. The northbound trail to Section 15 goes north (left if coming from Parkway) while the southbound trail to Section 16 goes right (south). 11/22/209 20 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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