Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 30 - Craig Creek Valley (VA 621) to Sinking Creek Valley (VA 42) Displayed from North to South

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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/WVAturn right if westbound, left if eastbound, just outside Blacksburg, Va, onto Craigs Creek Road (VA 621) and go about 10-12 miles. VA 621 is initially paved, then goes to gravel and back to paved, 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 on the attached map indicates 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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Sarver Trail
  Poor            Great

From the intersection of US 460 and VA 621 (See Mile 0.0) follow the latter east for 9.2 miles (by my odometer). At the USFS sign for Caldwell fields, turn left on an unsigned gravel road. In 0.7 miles this crosses a power line right-of-way. Just beyond that is a grassy area that is suitable for parking. The markers on the attached map indicate this parking area. Sarver Trail TO AT: From the parking area walk back to the right of way. where there is a sign for the Sarver Trail . Go past a gate and follow the right-of-way for about 0.2 miles. Look carefully for a trail to the right. Take this and re-enter woods. After this there are infrequent yellow blazes. After a brief level stretch, the trail climbs STEEPLY to the Sarver Cabin. On the left side of the cabin is a walled spring. A blue-blazed trail begins there. In about 0.1 miles, a junction is reached. To the left is the Sarver Hollow Shelter. Straight ahead in about 0.3 miles is the AT. Northbound is right, southbound left.

Sarver Trail FROM AT: Take the blue-blazed trail towards Sarver Hollow shelter. At a junction in about 0.3 miles, go straight ahead towards water. After passing a walled spring, keep the ruins of a building and a creek on your right. A side=hill trail can be seen on the left hand side of the hollow. Once on this, the trail is clear. It is infrequently lazed with yellow blazes. Descend steeply, leveling off just before entering a power line right of way. Turn left and descend to the gravel road and parking.

Length of the trail from Sarver Cabin to the road is about a mile. Coordinates at the cabin are 37.3547 -80.3374. 06/12/10
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VA 630
  Poor            Great

From the intersection of VA 42 and VA 629 (See Mile 11.3), go south on the latter for 0.6 miles, then go right on VA 630. When this road crosses Sinking Creek in about 0.3 miles, look for a small parking area on the left. Both VA 629 and Va 630 are paved. On the attached map, the green arrow marks the approximate location of the parking lot. The southbound AT crosses this lot. goes right across the highway bridge, then goes left back into the woods. 11/28/09 4-5 1
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Sinking Creek Valley (VA 42)
  Poor            Great

The northern end of this section is in Sinking Creek valley on Va.42, approximately 7 miles west of Newport and 21 southwest of New Castle. The trail crosses Va 42 about 50 yards southwest of 629. 05/25/08
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The green arrow on the atttached map indicates the trail crossing. In the street view to the northwest, the southbound trail to Section 31 can be seen as a faint green line crossing the field on the left side of the view. The stile which the trail crosses is also visible. The view to the southeast shows the northbound trail to Section 30. There is a sign here. A better view of this sign is seen in the User Photo suppplied with the map. 11/29/09 1
dlcul @
According to my odometer, the AT crossing of VA 42 is 9.6 miles east of the intersection of VA 42 and US 460 just west of Newport. As noted above the intersection of VA 42 with VA 629 is a few hundred feet further west. According to the "AT Guide to Central Virginia", the southbound trail from VA 42 "descends driveway and turns left to cross stile. (Hikers my park vehicles along side of driveway, but must not block either driveway or farm lane in front of stile." My observation is that this drive way essentially descends steeply into a ditch. Parking would be very difficult here at best. It might be possible to park on the grass on the south side of the road. 06/06/08 Very limited if any
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