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. This crossing is shown on the map. GPS at AT crossing: N 37.8292, W 79.1288 02/07/18 10-15


David Cullen
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


David Cullen
Salt Log Gap (USFS 63)
   Poor           Great

Directions from North: Follow Blue Ridge Parkway south to Irish Gap (at approximately mile 37.5 of BRP). If coming from the north go left on VA 605. This eventually 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. Parking area is on the right (south) side of road just past the intersection with Wiggins Springs Road. This route is shown in dark blue on the attached map. For a route from the south see Mile 0.0 of Section 19. See Parking Safety for some reports of road conditions. The route is mostly gravel roads which at least in 2018 seem to be in good shape. The 2018 report actually describes the south route but the two coincide from the intersection of VA 633 and VA 634 to Salt Log Gap. This is the section most likely to have problems. The red marker on the map indicates Salt Log Gap. GPS N37.7799 W79.1819 The AT crosses USFS 63 here. The northbound trail goes north while the southbound trail goes south towards Tar Jacket Ridge. For a satellite view of the immediate Salt Log Gap area see 06/23/19 6


David Cullen

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