Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 24 - Parkers Gap Road (USFS 812) to Jennings Creek Road (VA 614) Displayed from North to South

Maintained by:
  Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club http://www.nbatc.org/ b2wheels @ mindspring.com Tye River at VA 56 to Black Horse Gap U.S. 460 at the New River to Va. 611


Submit Information Submit Pictures

Mile
Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
Weather  
Source
0.0
Parkers Gap Road (Sunset Field))
  Poor            Great




Although USFS Rd. 812 is passable by car, it is not recommended as a road approach, since it winds nearly 10 miles from VA 781 in Arnold Valley through mountainous terrain to the AT. The Parkway is the best approach. Sunset Field is 14.5 miles south of US 501 and 7.6 miles north of the point where VA 43 e4nters the Parkway from Bedford, VA. Blue Ridge Parkway - Sunset Field - mile 78.4. 3/3/2006 There is limited parking on Parkers Gap Road but ample parking at Sunset Field.
An alternate approach from Sunset Field is to take the Apple Orchard Falls Trail which starts there. For a short distance this is paved. It meets the AT in 0.2 miles. Go right 0.1 miles to USFS 812 and the south end of Section 23.
11/26/2009

dlcul @ conncoll.edu
See attached map. Marker A is the trail crossing of Parker's Gap Road. The northbound trail to section 23 goes east, the southbound trail to section 24 goes west. Marker B is Sunset Field Overlook. The street view to the south shows the parking area. 11/26/2009 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
0.0
Parkers Gap Road (USFS 812)
  Poor            Great



 
The AT crosses USFS 812 0.3 miles west (compass north) of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The southbound trail to Section 24 goes west towards Jennings Creek while the northbound trail goes east and starts to ascend Apple Orchard Mountain. Parking is very limited here. See the previous listing for more information about reaching this area and the parking at Sunset Field. That includes the map attached there. 02/06/10 0 to very limited at trail crossing
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
0.1
Apple Orchard Falls Trail (North Creek Road)
  Poor            Great



 
See previous listing (Mile 0.0) for description of this approach from the upper trailhead at Sunset Field where there is ample parking. To reach the lower trailhead from I-81, take Exit 168 and follow VA 614, Jennnings Creek Road, for 3 miles. Turn left on USFS 59. There is a large sign for the North Creek Recreation area at this intersection. Follow USFS 59 to its end 4.5 miles from VA 614. Ignore all side roads. The road passes North Creek Campground. All but the last 1.8 miles is paved. There is a sign for this trail (as well as the Cornelius Creek Trail) at the intrsection where the gravel portion begins. There is a reasonbly large parking area at the trailhead. It is 3.4 miles and a 2000 foot climb from the lower trailhead to the AT via this trail. At the AT, the southbound trail goes right while the northbound goes left. Coordinates at the AT are 37.5097 -79.5228. 6/19/06 12-15
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The marker on the attached map is at the end of North Creek Road which is the lower trail head for both the Apple Orchard Falls Trail and the Cornelius Creek Trail (See Mile 1.2). Note: Google does not deign to recognize the last 2 miles of North Creek Road even though it is clearly visible on the satellite view of the map. 06/20/08 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.2
Cornelius Creek Trail
  Poor            Great



 
Trail head for this trail is at the end of USFS 59, which is also the trail head for the Apple Orchard Falls Trail (See Mile 0.1) It is 2.9 miles and a 1760 foot climb to the AT via this trail. At the intersection the southbound AT goes right while the northbound goes left. Coordinates are 37.5065 -79.5356. 6/19/06 12-15
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.7
Cornelius Creek Shelter Trail
  Poor            Great



 
This unmarked access starts at what the "AT Guide to Central Virginia" calls Floyd Field at Mile 80.4 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway here is running northwest-southeast and the field is on the southeast side. Parking is possible on the grass. There is a dirt road at one edge of the open area and there are one or two obvious parking places along it. This may be Route 765 shown on the attached map, but there were no signs. While day parking is probably OK, I assume the usual regulation of notifying the Parkway rangers if you plan to park overnight applies. The access route starts on a fire road on the opposite side of the parkway. Follow this about 0.1 miles, looking for an unmarked but obvious trail to the right. Follow this another 0.1 miles. The composting privy is passed, then tenting sites and finally the Cornelius Creek Shelter is reached. The marker on the attached map shows the location of the shelter. From here follow the blue-blazed trail 0.1 miles to the AT. Northbound trail is right, southbound is left. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 37.4947 -79.5471. 10/23/07 Several on grass. 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The attached map is similar to the one in the previous listing. but this one has the marker centered on the parking area at Floyd Field on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The street view shows the grassy area that is suitable for parking. This map is more suitable for obtaining driving directions. 11/26/09 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
7.5
Button Hill Tail to VA 714
  Poor            Great



 
From the AT crossing of VA 614, Jennings Creek Road, (Mile 11.4) continue on VA 614 0.3 miles. Go left on VA 618, passing a commerical campgound. In 1.9 miles go left on VA 620 for 250 feet. VA 620 crosses Middle Creek, then goes right. Continue straight ahead on gravel VA 714 0.7 miles to end of state-maintained road. On the attached map, VA 714 is labeled Inn Road and VA 614 is labeled Middle Creek Road. The trail head and end of state maintenance is shown by the marker. There is an error on the Google map. . The continuation of Inn Road (VA 714) is a very poor quality dirt road. The road shown perpendicular to this road is really a power line right-of-way. The Button Hill Trail goes to the right (south) over Button Hill, meeting the AT in 0.5 miles. It starts out following an old road. There are two roads going right from the end of VA 714. Take the one on the right, the poorer quality one. The two roads come together in a small field in about 100 yards. The trail continues on the old road and goes back into the woods. The initial blazes are quite faded, but become much better after re-entering the woods. The old road descends briefly, climbs gradually, and then ends at a small clearing. The trail continues as a footpath, bearing to the east and descending steeply to meet the AT 0.1 miles east (trail north) of Bryant Ridge Shelter. There are no trail signs at the VA 714 end and only a sign to the shelter at the AT end. At the At intersection, the northbound trail goes right, the southbound goes left. Coordinates at the AT are 37.5284 -79.5851 . 10/24/06 Limited roadside parking 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
From the Blue Ridge Parkway at Powell Gap (Mile 89.1) follow VA 618 north for 4.1 miles to the intersection with VA 614. Turn sharp right. The two route coincide for 0.6 miles. When they separate, go left on VA 618. In 0.7 miles the intersection with VA 620 is reached. Continue straight ahead on VA 620 and then VA 714 0.7 miles to end of state-maintained road. Total distance from Powell Gap 7.5 miles. Distances estimated from Maptech Software. Current AT Guide gives total distance of 8.1 miles. 6/20/06
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
9.2
Blue-blazed Trail to VA 714
  Poor            Great



 
This trail starts at end of VA 714, the same place as the Button Hill Trail (See Mile 7.5 including the attached map). The blue-blazed trail goes to the left (north) from the end of VA 714, meeting the AT in 0.8 miles. It starts out as a foot trail. The initial blazes on this trail seemed relatively new. At the At intersection, the northbound rail goes right, the southbound goes left. Coordinates at the intersection are 37.5340 -79.5879. 6/20/06 Limited roadside parking
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
11.4
Jennings Creek Road (VA 614)
  Poor            Great




From Exit 168 of I-81, go east on VA 614. Eventually this bears south. The trail crossing is 4.6 miles from I-81. Parking area on south side of the VA 614 bridge (Panther Ford Bridge) across Jennings Creek The northbound trail (to Sec. 24) goes into the woods from the entrance to the parking area. Click on the camera icon by B on the attached map and rotate the street view to the south to see the northbound trail. Rotate the street view to the east to see the parking area. The southbound trail (to Sec. 25) crosses the bridge then goes left into the woods at Marker A. The blue line on the map is the route of this the short road walk. Click on the camera icon by A and rotate to the northwest to see the southbound trail. 6/20/06 10-15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
From the Blue Ridge Parkway at Powell Gap (Mile 89.1) follow VA 618 north for 4.1 miles to the intersection with VA 614. Continue straight ahead on VA 614 to the trail crossing. Total distance from Powell Gap 5.9 miles 6/20/06
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

1 If the MAP, WEATHER or PARKING SAFETY BUTTONS do not work for you, have your browser permit pop-ups for this site.


Section 24 Pictures


Home | Virginia - West Virginia | Webmaster | Submit Information | Submit Pictures | Other Links | Children's Page

Join us on Facebook

Page last updated: 9/19/2016 3:21:47 PM