Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

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

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Spy Rock 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. The marker on the attached map indicates this lot. GPS at parking area: N 37.8418 W79.1313. Spy Rock Road (formerly known as 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. GPS at AT crossing: N 37.8292, W 79.1288 02/07/18 10-15 1
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You may read reports on-line about Spy Rock Road being closed to hikers. Some of the landowners along the road have attempted to do this and have posted signs. Others have fought this and currently the road is open to hikers. 02/12/18 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 route from Long Mountain Wayside on US 60 to Salt Log Gap is shown in blue on the attached map. It is the route described as being via VA 634. 02/12/2018 6 1
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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, the 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. The AT crosses USFS 63 here. See satellite view of attached map. The parking area is just east of the intersection of what are labelled VA 634 (AKA USFS 63) and Wiggins Springs Road. The marker indicates the location. 02/12/2018 6 1
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