Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 33 - Stony Creek Valley to New River (US 460 at Pearisburg) Displayed from North to South

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0.0
Stony Creek Valley
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From 1-81 (Exit 118) follow signs towards Blacksburg and Christiansburg on US 460. Continue north on US 460 to the intersection with VA 42 near Newport, VA. Continue about another 12 miles passsing thorugh the town of Pembroke. Shortly before the highway crosses the New River, go right on VA 635. Go 10.3 miles (according to my odometer). Just before a bridge over Stony Creek, look for a parking area on the left. There is a USFS information board there. The green arrow on the attached map marks the parking area. It can also be seen in the westward street view. Note that the road overlay is considerably off from the actual position of the road, at least for VA 635. According to the current AT Guide to Central Virginia, the AT comes within 100 feet of VA 635 at this point. However this is not the case. There is a blue-blazed access trail which lat least 0.1 miles to the AT. At the AT intersection, southbound to Section 33 is left, northbound to Section 32 is right. 11/29/09 5-6 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
5.2
Dickinson Gap
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A blue-blazed trail leaves VA 635 from a point 7.4 miles north of US 460 and climbs steeply to meet the AT in Dickinson Gap. This information is from the AT Guide to Central Virginia. I have not checked out the trailhead or hiked the trail. 11/29/09 Not known but probably very limited
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Update: The brand new 2nd edition of the AT Guide to Central Virginia says that this trail is unmaintained and blazes are hard to follow particularly in the upper portions. The usefulness of this trail as an access would appear to be limited. 07/18/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.7
Groundhog Trail
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From Pearisburg, go north on US 460 for about 8 miles to the town of Rich Creek, WV. Go right on US 219 for another 8 miles, then go right on County Road 219/21 (Painter Run Road). In 1.3 miles bear left on County Road 219/24 (Green Valley Road). The trailhead is another 0.5 miles on this road. I have not checked out this blue-blazed SIDE trail which leads 2 miles from the north (West Virginia) side of Peters Mountain to meet the AT on the crest. . I do not have the exact location of the point where the trail reaches the road, but do have the coordinates of a sign at the trailhead N37.4236 W80.6763. The marker on the map indicates this point. For a detailed description of the trail and landmarks to be used in finding the trailhead, see: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=782583 12/19/15 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
15.1
Pocohontas Road
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HELP. we need more details about this parking area. The new route of the AT reaches Pocohontas Road here. The marker on the attached map uses coordinates from the ATC website (N 37.3659 W 80.7482). This point is about 0.2 miles from the intersection of Pocohontas Road and Clendennin Road (VA641). Parking is described on the ATC website as being roadside/ shoulder. For a description of the new route see http://www.wanderingvirginia.com/2014/08/appalachian-trail-reroute-hike.html . 12/19/15 unknown 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The parking in this area is right where Clendennin road and Pocahontas road intersect. (See Mile 15.3 (new route). The parking is off the side of the road on Clendennin Road. There is room for three to four cars. 04/23/16 3 to 4 1
dperry3568 @ gmail.com
15.3
Giles County Wellness Center
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In July, 2009 we were able to park at the Giles County Wellness Center. I am not sure that posting this will open the flood gate, but the folks there were very nice. We parked in the lower portion of their lot which seemed to be plenty big. We had no trouble during the four nights our car was there. There was a short walk to the bridge where we officially started our hike. The AT actually passes about 75 yards behind the Center unbeknown to us at the time. 06/28/11 1
chardy171 @ yahoo.com
See directions to the trail crossing of VA 641 (Clendennin Road) above. The entrance to the Giles County Wellness center is on the right a short distance after turning onto VA 641. . One may pick up the trail by walking another 0.2 miles north on Clendennin Road to the trail crossing or by walking back to US460 and going left to the Celanese entrance Road which bears left from the northbound lane. Follow this a short distance to the point where the southbound AT comes out of the woods from the left and continues on the access road. 06/28/11 Ask Permission 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The new Peters Mountain relocation is open. This point is no longer close to the Appalachian Trail. One could presumably walk down Clendenin Road and US 460 to the Shumate Bridge and pick up the trail there. If one goes the other direction, it is 1.4 miles along Clendennin Road to the new AT crossing of this road according to Google map calculations. 12/19/15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
15.3
Clendenin Road - VA 641 (New Route)
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HELP. we need more details about this parking area. The new route of the AT reaches Clendennin Road (VA 641) here. The marker on the attached map uses coordinates from the ATC website (N 37.3645 W 80.7495). This point is near the intersection of Pocohontas Road and Clendennin Road (VA641). Parking is described on the ATC website as being roadside/ shoulder. For a description of the new route see http://www.wanderingvirginia.com/2014/08/appalachian-trail-reroute-hike.html . 12/19/15 Unknown 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
17.6
Clendennin Road - VA 641 (Old Route)
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Go north on US 460 from Pearisburg. One mile after crossing the Shumate Bride, VA 641 (Clendinin Road) goes right. The trail crossing is 0.3 miles further north. According to the AT Guide to Central Virginia, there is a small parking lot there. At the crossing the northbound trail goes west towards Peters Mountain. the southbound trail goes east towards the Shumate Bridge. 3/3/06 1-2 1
The new Peters Mountain relocation is open. This point is no longer on the Appalachian Trail. If the parking area is still there one could presumably walk down Clendenin Road and US 460 to the Shumate Bridge and pick up the trail there. If one goes the other direction, it is 1.2 miles along Clendennin Road to the new AT crossing of this road according to Google map calculations . The mile marker for the new crossing is 15.3. 12/19/15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
19.0
US 460 (W. End Shumate Bridge)
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2 miles west of Pearisburg, just east of the Celanese Acetate Plant, where US 460 crosses the New River. Cars may best be parked .3 miles north of the end of the section on the paved road east of US 460, an entrance to the Celanese Acetate plant, or, with permission at the plant. 5/25/2006 03/25/10
tmartinez @ atconf.org
The street view to the east on the attached map shows the entrance to the road mentioned above. This actually is a entrance road to the Celanese plant. It is accessible only from northbound US 460. Rotate to the west to see the entrance to the Celanese plant from the southbound lane. The green arrow on the map marks the approximate point the southbound AT comes out of the woods. This point is somewhere in the center of the street view. The southbound AT follows the road south and then west under US 460, climbs up to the highway bridge and crosses the New River over on a pedestrian walkway on the west side of the bridge.


If you park on this road, it would have to be on the grass. I suspect Celanese would not be happy with overnight parking. 03/27/10
Roadside Parking - Number not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Update: This should be considered as a drop-off point only. I parked on the grass on 6/02/11 and soon got a visit from Celanese Security telling me I couldn't park there. I was referred to the old mall at the other end of the bridge. See Mile 19.4. I would gather from this encounter that parking at the plant itself is out of the question. 06/05/11 No parking
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
19.4
US 460 (E. End Shumate Bridge )
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There is little if any parking at the official terminus. The markers indicate the official southern end of Section 33 and northern end of Section 34. Northbound (to Section 33 goes across the bridge. The route across the bridge may be seen by rotating the street view to the north. The southbound trail to Section 34 enters woods. The trail can be seen entering woods if the street view is rotated to the west. A tree with a white blaze is in the background. 11/29/09 1
at @ rohland.org
19.4
US 460 (Mall)
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Parking is apparently also possible at a totally defunct shopping mall about 0.1 miles further east (compass south) on US 460. Rotate the street map on the attached map to the east to see the mall. Note there are several cars parked by the road. I suspect these are hiker vehicles. I saw no signs prohibiting or regulating parking here. 07/10/10 Ample 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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