Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 29 - VA 624 to Craig Creek Valley (VA 621) Displayed from North to South

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VA 624
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From Roanoake (Exit 141 off 1-81), go west on VA 419 following signs to VA 311. Foloow VA 311 northbound. This goes north then west. In approximately 9 miles (2 miles beyond Catawba), go left (south) on VA 624. The trail crosses in 0.2-0.3 miles. There is limited roadside parking on the east side of the road for 2 or perhaps 3 cars. More extensive parking is available at the Dragon's Tooth Trail Parking Lot on VA 311. See Mile 1.6. The southbound trail (to Section 29) goes west from the crossing, the northbound (to Section 28) goes east. 10/31/07 2-3
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The markers on the attached map indicate the trail crossing. Northbound to section 28 is east, southbound to Section 29 is west. Rotate the street view on the map to the north to see the trail crossing and the parking area. In this view the southbound AT goes left, the northbound goes right. 11/28/2009 1
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Connector to Dragon's Tooth Trail
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See mile 1.6 Take the trail which leaves from the bulletin board at the south end of the parking lot. When a junction is reached, take the left fork of the blue-blazed trail., It is about 0.2 miles to a stream and another 0.2 miles to the AT. The southbound AT (to Dragon's Tooth) goes right, the northbound AT to Va 624 goes left (actually straight ahead). This connector is apparently known as the Boy Scout Trail. 10/31/07 20-25
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Dragons Tooth Trail
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See directions to the trailhead on VA 624 (Mile 0.0). From the intersection with VA 624 continue west on VA 311 for another 0.4 miles. Go left and up a badly paved driveway to the USFS parking lot for Dragon's Tooth. The marker on the attached map indicates the entrance to the parking area. Rotate the street view to the northwest to see the entrance. The blue-blazed Dragon's Tooth Trail leaves from the bulletin board at the south end of the parking lot. When an intersection is reached, take the right fork of the blue-blazed trail which is the still the Dragon's Tooth Trail. It is about 1.5 miles to the AT in Lost Spectacles Gap. There the southbound AT (to Dragon's Tooth) goes right, the northbound AT to Va 624 goes left. 11/29/2009 20-25 1
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VA 620
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From Rte 311, turn west on Rte 621; turn left again on 620; OR, use Rte 624 from 311, and turn north on 620 (longer, but a little less confusing) Limited parking across from footbridge 04/14/07 4
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The marker indicates the trail crossing. 4/2/08 1
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Directions from US 460. See Mile 15.3 for more information about VA 621. From the intersection of VA 621 and US 460, go east on the former for about 17 miles to the intersection with Millers Cove Road (VA 620). Go right on the VA620. In about half a mile the State of Virginia wants you to actually ford Trout Creek to stay on VA 620, but nearby there is a private bridge which people can use to cross the creek. The trail crossing is about 1.3 miles from VA 621. There is a small dirt parking area on the right just before the trail crossing. The northbound trail to Cove Mountain and Dragons Tooth goes left (north) crossing a footbridge . The southbound trail to the Audie Murphy monument goes right (south) and starts to ascend a hill. 10/21/09 4-5
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Directions from VA 311 near Catawba: See Mile 0.0 for directions to the intersection of VA 311 and VA 624. Follow the latter south for 2.2 miles then go right on Millers Cove Road (VA 620). In 0.8 miles go right staying on VA 620. The road becomes gravel. Go an additional 3.1 miles to the trail crossing. There is a small dirt parking lot on the left (south) side just past the trail crossing. . See previous listing for information about directions on the AT. 10/21/09 4-5
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If you use the ford across Trout Creek on SB VA 620 from VA 621, go slow- it's easy to bottom out on rocks in a passenger car. Parked off VA 620 for a weekend section hike of the AT. Our car was the only one using the parking area. No problems. There are 2 areas across from the Trout Creek AT footbridge, each big enough for at least 2 cars, 3 in a pinch if you arrived together & squeezed in. Go slow on gravel VA 620- very narrow & lots of blind corners. Make sure you have lots of water- Trout Crk & the Pickle Branch Shelter creek (1 mi NB) are all there is until reaching VA 624 7 mi. North. 09/18/11 See Comments 1
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Audie Murphy Monument Parking
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From the intersection of US 311 and VA 624 (See Mile 0.0) follow the latter west 7.2 miles (by my odometer). There is a brown sign for Brush Mountain Road and, under that, a sign for the Audie Murphy Monument. Go right here. The road is a reasonably good quality gravel road, but there are some rough sections. This climbs to the top of the mountain in 1,8 miles. At a T intersection go right on a poorer quality, but still passable road for 1.6 miles to a parking lot at the end of the driveable section of the road. Beyond this point, the road is gated. The marker on the attached map indicates the location of the parking lot. There is sign for the Audie Murphy Monument at the northeast end of the lot. Continue up the old road past the gate for about 0.1 miles to a wooden bench on the right. This is the intersection with the AT. To reach the monument follow the northbound AT straight ahead on the old road for 0.6 miles. The southbound AT goes left and starts the long descent to Craig Creek. 06/10/10 8-10 1
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Craig Creek Valley (VA 621)
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6.5 miles west of the junction of VA 311 and VA 621. From this junction it is 12 miles south to I-81 and 8 miles north to New Castle via VA 311. 3/3/2006
Craig's Creek, Craig County, VA take US 460 West from Christiansburg, VA, East from Bluefield VA/WVA turn right if westbound, left if eastbound, just outside Blacksburg, Va, onto Craig's Creek Road, (VA 621) go about 10-12 miles (this becomes a narrow, gravel road, roughly following Craig's Creek thru woodlands and low, farming country) look for the AT crossing, with a substantial bridge over the creek to the right, and a small parking area on the left, right on the trail. Both North- and Southbound from here is steep and pretty dry after Craig's Creek. The Creek is a trout stream, fishing licenses are required. 05/13/07
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Start at the intersection of VA 621 (Craig Creek Road) and US 460. This is about 2 miles south of Newport via US 460. Follow Craig Creek Road east for about 14-15 miles. The road is initially paved, but once it enters Craig County, it becomes gravel for a few miles before becoming paved again. The parking area is on the left. There is no sign. The green arrow and rotating man on the attached map indicate the location of the trail crossing and the parking lot. The northbound trail goes right (if coming from US 460) to Section 29. The street view to the east shows the trail in that direction. The southbound trail crosses the parking lot toward Sinking Creek Mt. and Section 30. Rotate the street view of the map to the northwest to see the lot. 11/29/2009 8-10 1
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