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Section 19 - Salt Log Gap (USFS 63) to Long Mountain Wayside (US 60) Displayed from North to South

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Salt Log Gap (USFS 63)
   Poor           Great




GPS: 37.7799483,-79.1818461
Coming off the Blue Ridge Parkway through the town of Alto, all but the last 2.5 miles of the road was paved. The last 2.5 miles was gravel and was in decent shape. No problems accessing in our minivan and sedan.
FYI, when coming from Spy Rock parking, our GPS wanted to take us down gravel roads to get to Salt Log Gap. I suggest you aim to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway without taking any of the gravel roads until the said last 2.5 miles mentioned above. It only adds about 5 minutes of travel time. Once on the Blue Ridge Parkway, your GPS should take you along paved roads for the most part.
The AT crosses VA 634 right at this location. NOBO goes North towards Spy Rock and SOBO goes South towards Hog Camp Gap. While only about 6 cars can park where the GPS coordinates bring you to, I noticed, within view, that there were parked cars not far off directly in front of this location on Wiggins Spring Road. You will see an obviously vehicle trail that takes you to that location for additional parking. 10/25/20 6
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2.2
Hog Camp Gap
   Poor           Great




GPS 37.759594, -79.195361
Begin travel from US 60 and VA 634 (Coffeytown Road). You will be accessing Hog Camp Gap by turning right and traveling East on Wiggins Spring Road (gravel) to the Gap.
I made it in my Honda Odyssey with no trouble in 2019. It is not advisable to attempt to get to the Gap from any other direction. The northbound trail goes north towards Tar Jacket Ridge. The southbound trail goes south towards Cold Mountain.

Administrative Update (May 2021) Currently, Wiggins Spring Road requires a high clearance all wheel drive to make it to Hog Camp Gap. A call to the Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts: 540-291-2188 confirmed a recent parking safety submission that accessing the Hog Camp Gap parking is not recommended at this time for any vehicle without high clearance all-wheel drive. Road Maintenance is in the works but has been delayed. It should begin in the July 2021 timeframe. Recommend you contact the Ranger District to confirm access ability before attempting. PLEASE SUBMIT AN UPDATE IF YOU FIND THE ROAD HAS BEEN IMPROVED. 05/20/21
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8.5
Long Mountain Wayside (US 60)
   Poor           Great




The wayside is 5.4 miles east of the intersection of US 60 and Blue Ridge Parkway. Right here the highway runs north to south. The parking area is on the east side of highway (left if driving eastbound on US 60. The marker indicates the wayside. GPS: N37.7231 W79.2498 Rotate the street view from this point to the north and east to see the wayside. The southbound AT from Section 19 comes out of the woods into the wayside, goes right and follows the wayside access road to the highway. It tuns right along the highway for a short distance before going left (compass west) into the woods and towards Section 20. the woods and towards Section 20. 11/24/2009 Updated 06/23/19 ample parking
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David Cullen

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