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Section 17 - Tye River (VA 56) to Fish Hatchery Road Displayed from North to South

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Tye River (VA 56)
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Montebello is two miles E of Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 27.9) on VA 56. From the heart of "downtown" Montebello (general store and post office)go southeast on VA 56 8.2 miles to parking lot at the Tye River. Parking lot is on right side of road. There is a parking pull-off on the other side of the road. The marker on the attached map show this The northbound trail to Section 16 crosses the road from the parking area an soon goes over the Tye River footbridge which can be seen in the satellite view due east of the parking area. Rotate the street view to the east to see the northbound trail. It is the path leading straight ahead at the far side of the pull-off. Rotate the street view to the west to see the main parking area. The southbound AT to Section 17 leaves from the the northwest corner of the parking area and begins the long climb to the Priest. 11/24/200 20 1
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4/4/08 1
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All of the USFS roads up in Crabtree Meadows (Cash Hollow, and 856?) I just used both of these roads as intended pick up points for my 4 children that are thru hiking the AT
We had planned on meeting at Cash Hollow Road
I drive a Toyota Sienna front wheel drive and have been car supporting them since Springer
I have only met two roads that I had to back or slide down so far thank goodness and Cash Hollow Road was one of them
As you start driving up to Crabtree Meadows there is a sign indicating that 4WD is required
Although that did not hold true for the main road up to the upper parking area of Crabtree Falls there is no way you could get up Cash Hollow Road without it
I actually wouldn't recommend driving it with 4WD or the USFS that is just past the Upper Crabtree Falls parking area
And honestly I made it up and down okay but 4WD would make the road up to Crabtree Meadows much easier
In any case Cash Hollow Road IS indeed gated at about 0.3 to 0.4 from where it turns off the main USFS road
The AT crossing is about another 0.2 from there
You have to hike it in or out regardless
The USFS road just past Cash Hollow Road off of Crabtree Meadows Road is also NOT passable by car
You could get to the first couple of dispersed sites but I think even with 4WD it would be very difficult to get all of the way up to the AT crossing
Parking at the upper Crabtree Falls parking lot is only about 0.4 to 0.5 to the AT crossing on this road
I had initially attempted to drive in on this road but it is a private road from the other end
You MUST drive to 56 and then try to access it from Crabtree Meadows Road
Added about 2 hours to my drive time the private section 07/16/16
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Crabtree Farm Road (VA 826)
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Crabtree Farm Road (VA 826) intersects the AT. This rough, unpaved road (passable by car in good weather) begins on VA 56 7.5 miles west of the AT crossing at the north end of this section and ascends 4.6 miles southeast to the AT on the west ridge of the Priest.
The intersection of VA 826 and VA 56 is 1.5 miles east of Montebello general store. I have never been on the road but Earl Arnold of the Dutch Haus B&B in Montebello, who shuttles people in this area, has informed me that a lot of work has been done on VA 826 and it MIGHT be navigable by passenger cars as far as Crabtree Meadows, which is the upper end of the Crabtree Falls Trail. Beyond that it is best to walk along the road the last 0.4-0.5 miles to the AT. If you have a suitable vehicle, roadside parking is available at the trail crossing. Crabtree Meadows is denoted by the A marker on the attached map. The approximate location of the trail crossing is indicated by the B marker. 06/20/08 1
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Cash Hollow Road
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Cash Hollow Road, a rough, barely passable dirt road diverges right from Crabtree Farm Road 3.3 miles from VA 56. From Crabtree Farm Road it is .5 mile to the AT in Cash Hollow via the Cash Hollow Road. The road may be gated so that walking is the only option. This road is not shown on Google maps, but the junction with Crabtree Farm Road (called Meadows Lane on the map) is indicated by the green arrow. The trace of the road can clearly be seen on the satellite view of the attached map. Coordintes at the AT are 37.8250°, -79.0931° Do not confuse an unmarked dead-end road, used by hunters, which leads right 200 feet before the Cash Hollow Road. Immediately after entering the Cash Hollow Road, a branch of Crabteee Creek is forded. limited parking where Cash Hollow road leaves Crabtree Farm Road. 1
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See previous entry (mile 5.6) for directions to VA 826 and warnings about this road. 3/14/06
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Fish Hatchery Road
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Montebello is two miles E of Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 27.9) on VA 56. From the heart of "downtown" Montebello (general store and post office)go E on VA 56 1.2 miles to VA 690 and sign for state fish hatchery. Go right on VA 690 for 0.3 miles to Fish Hatchery. Road bears right and becomes dirt. An AT parking lot is on the left in a few hundred feet. Fish Hatchery Road is gated beyond the parking lot. Foot travel is permitted. The road ascends steeply for about a mile to the AT crossing. Southbound to Section 18 is right, northbound towards Spy Rock and Section 17 is left. 3/13/06 10-15
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See satellite view of attached map. The A marker indicates the hiker parking area. Marker B indicates the approximte locationof the trail crossing. Fo this point I used coordinates from a web page maintained by Backpacker magazine. 11/24/2009 1
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