Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 18 - Fish Hatchery Road to Salt Log Gap (USFS 63) Displayed from North to South

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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 (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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Salt Log Gap (USFS 63)
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Directions from South: VA 634 meets US 60 8 miles east of Buena Vista, 4 miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile 45.6), and 19 miles west of Amherst (on US 29). It is 1 mile west of the Long Mountain Wayside. Go North on VA 633. At approximaetly 1.5 miles, road forks with VA 634 continuing left. At 3.0 miles from US 60 the intersection with VA 633 is reached. Go right, still on VA 634. When state maintenance ends, this becomes USFS 63. Salt Log Gap is 4 miles from the intersection of VA 633, 634. Parking area is on the right (south) side of road. The AT crosses USFS 63 here. See satellite view of attached map. The parking area can be seen just east of the intersection of what are labelled Coffey Town Road (AKA USFS 63) and Wiggins Springs Road. The A marker indicates the location. . 11/24/2009 6 1
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From VA 56 in Massies Mill, follow VA 666, VA 745, and gravel USFS Rd. 63 16.7 miles west to the AT in Salt Log Gap. This is a scenic route along Piney River. 3/3/06
Directions from North: Follow Blue Ridge Parkway south to Irish Gap (at approximately mile 37.5 of BRP). Go left on VA 605. This eventaully heads south. At 3.5 miles from Parkway, go sharp left (almost 180 degrees) on VA 633. At approximately five miles from Parkway, junction with VA 634 is reached. Continue straight ahead on what is now VA 634. This becomes USFS 63. Salt log Gap is about 9 miles from BRP and 4 miles from VA 633/634 intersection. After leaving the paved BRP, the route is over good gravel roads. Mileages estimated from maps. Parking on south side of road. AT crosses here. 3/14/06 6
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