Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 2 - Keys Gap to Snickers Gap Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
Keys Gap - VA 9
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A PATC lot is on the north side of the Route 9 approximately 6 miles east of Charlestown and about 3 miles west of the intersection with VA 671. It is probably a quarter mile east of the intersection of Route 9 and West Virginia Route 32. The AT is reached by a very short access trail from the east end of the parking lot. There is a bulletin board (in bad condition as of 4/06) at the intersection of the AT and the access trail. 4/6/06 12
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Two unattended vehicles were broken into at the Route 9 Keys Gap trailhead on 2/16/08; another such incident occurred there within the past month. 02/19/08
jluthy @ appalachiantrail.org
The street view on the map shows the parking area. 4/4/08 1
at @ rohland.org
4.5
Shannondale Road
  Poor            Great



 
We have not accessed this site. Shannondale road extends off a sizable development west of the AT. If you have the AT map for the section you should be able to pick your way through it. Possible parking for 1 or 2 cars, according to day hikers from the area. Short access trail from AT to Shannondale Rd. is well marked. 04/02/08 1-2
dennisf6 @ localnet.com
I have placed the marker (See attached map) for the end of the driveable section of Shannondale Road at the intersection with Eagle's Nest Road. The actual end may be further but the road overlay does not show Shannondale Road continuing past this intersection. I would use the directions feature of the map to find your way through the maze of roads in this area. I know nothing of the parking in this area. I have not accessed the trail via this route either, but have seen the junction of the AT and the very well defined old road (not passable to vehicles at this point.). The trace of Shannondale Road can clearly be seen going east from the intersection with Eagles Nest Lane on the satellite view of the map. The AT trace can also be seen going north-south on the east (Virginia) side of the view. The dotted line is the VA-WV state line. The coordinates at the intersection of Shannondale Road and the AT are 39.2092 -77.7921 . 1/9/2010 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.2
North Access to Blackburn Trail Center
  Poor            Great




To reach the Blackburn Trail Center from the north, take VA 719 south from the community of Hillsboro. Watch for a not well-marked turn of VA719 to the left in about a mile. Approximately 3 miles from Hillsboro, turn right on VA 713 (Appalachian Trail Road). In 0.6 miles state maintenance ends. Go right following signs for Blackburn Trail center. Apparently people going to the center can ignore the Private Road--No Trespassing sign. Follow the gravel road about 2 miles to the center. There is a parking area for 4-6 cars on the left just before a gate. If the gate is open, you can continue another 100 yards or so to a second parking area for about 6 cars by some old chimneys. Beyond this there is a sign that says -- Authorized Vehicles Only --. Continue up the road to the trail center. Follow the more northerly of the two blue-blazed trails to the AT, the one that goes toward the campground. This trail climbs very steeply to the AT, passing a spur trail to the right to a camping area. At the junction with the AT, the northbound AT is right, southbound is left. Coordinates there are 38.1895 -77.7997 . 4/10/2006 4-6 cars in each of two lots
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Alternatively the Blackburn Trail Center may be reached from the south. From VA 9 about 4 miles east of Snickers Gap, take Business VA 9 (W. Loudon St.) into the town of Round Hill. Go left (north) on VA 719 and continue about 3 miles to VA 713 (Appalachain Trail Road). Go left (west) and continue as above. 4/8/2006
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The attached map does not show Appalachian Trail Road extending as far as the Blackburn Center, although the road can clearly be seen on the satellite view. The attached marker indicates the main building of the center. Note: Attempting to use this map to get driving directions does not work.


Warning: The road to the center is a private narrow dirt road. The PATC and the neighbors are responsible for its maintenance. Grading it is an expensive proposition, so it may be rough. The last part of it is fairly steep. It is probably not suitable for large vehicles. Turning around at the end would be difficult. 10/22/07 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.4
South Access to Blackburn Trail Center
  Poor            Great




See previous entries (Mile 6.2) for directions to Blackburn Trail Center, operated by the PATC. This is the more southerly of the two blue-blazed access trails from the center to the AT. It is not as steep as the other one. It reaches the AT in 0.3 miles. Northbound AT is right; southbound is left. Coordinates at the AT are 39.1968 -77.8008 .4/8/2006
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.7
Old Road to Transmission Tower
  Poor            Great



 
From VA 7 Snickers Gap go North 1.6 miles on Va 601 (1st road E. of Snickers Gap Parking) to gated access road on left. This is a gated access road in to the tower near Crecent Rock. It is 1/2 mile in to the trail, 2/3 of which is road walking. There is NO PARKING on the EAST side of 601, but space for 2 or 3 cars on the shoulder on the West (gate) side of the road,often used by locals, such as rock climbers getting in to Crescent Rock. PLEASE, pick up litter where ever you park so the local residents feel more kindly toward us hikers! As we picked up litter here a passing driver thanked us. 01/09/10 0 1
dennisf6 @ localnet.com
Follow VA 601 north from its intersection with VA 7 in Snickers Gap (See Mile 13.5) to the access road mentioned in the listing. According to the Google Map this is 1.6 miles. The road actually crosses into West Virginia here. The access road mentioned above is not included in the road overlay on the map, but is clearly visible on the satellite view. Note the parking restriction in the previous listing. This access is not mentioned in the AT Guide to Md/ N VA but is on the AT map. It is shown more clearly in an inset of the area around Crescent Rock. I have never used this access, so all the information is from that map. The gated road leads to a communication tower seen in the clearing in the center of the satellite view. From there an old road leads to the AT. The northbound trail to Blackburn Center goes right, the southbound trail to Crescent Rocks goes left. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 39.1366 -77.8425 . 01/09/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
NOTICE: There is no parking on either side of VA 601. "No Parking" signs have been posted on both sides of the road. Furthermore access to the trail at this point is not allowed since it requires crossing private property. 4/8/2015 0 1
at@rohland.org
13.4
Snickers Gap (VA 679)
  Poor            Great



 
There is parking is on VA 679 just north of the intersection with VA 7. Note that there are two intersections of these two roads. The relevant one is the more eastern. It is about 0.2 miles west of the intersection of VA 7 and VA 601. The A marker on the attached map indicates the entrance to this parking area. The area can be seen on the satellite view just to the east of the marker. Click on the camera next to the instruction starting 'Go left...' and rotate the street view to the north. This looks down VA 679 from VA 7. The entrance to the lot is just where VA 679 curves left. Northbound AT goes into the woods at the north end of the parking lot. To continue southbound to the southern terminus of Section 2 follow the route shown by the blue line on the map. Cross the median at the crossing for VA 679, then go left (east) along the shoulder about 0.1 miles until the AT goes right up a gravel driveway to Section 3. (Marker B). Click on the camera icon by Marker B and rotate the street view to the south to see this driveway. The southern terminus of section 2 (and northern of Section 2) is supposed to be a marker in the median of the highway, but I did not see it. 1/8/2010 6-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
N39.07.008 W077.51.156 This is the GPS reading for the small parking area on VA 679. 10/14/07 1
at @ rohland.org
UPDATE NOTICE: Hikers who find the VA 679 lot full and park on the shoulder of 679 (as is currently happening) will have their cars towed by Clarke County (as is currently happening). If the 679 lot is full, hikers should go to the Snickers Gap DOT lot. 4/8/2015
at@rohland.org
13.5
Snickers Gap (DOT lot)
  Poor            Great




The official southern end of this section is in the median strip of VA 7 about 0.1-0.2 miles west of the intersection with VA 601. There is a large VA DOT commuter parking lot at this intersection (south of VA 7 and west of VA 601). This has ample parking. This lot can be seen on the satellite view of the attached map. Click on the camera icon by Marker A and rotate to the southeast to see the entrance to the DOT lot.. To reach the official south terminus of the section, walk along VA 7 to meet the AT (Marker B). According to the AT Guide, there is supposed to be an AT sign somewhere in the median, but I did not see it. The route is shown by the blue line on the map. If going northbound to Section 2, go straight ahead (west) for about 0.1 miles to the intersection with VA 679, turn right, cross the highway and go up VA 679 to the other parking lot. The southbound trail to Section 3 goes left down an old driveway. Click on the camera icon by B and rotate to the south to see this driveway and to the west to see the route down the highway. 1/8/2010 Ample at DOT lot 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
N39.06.919 W077.50.824 This GPS reading is for the VA DOT lot east of the AT. 10/14/07 1
at @ rohland.org
Car windows of multiple cars smashed by paintballs. 04/28/14 2-4 1
kmcginley @ appalachiantrail.org
UPDATE NOTICE: Hikers who find the VA 679 lot full and park on the shoulder of 679 (as is currently happening) will have their cars towed by Clarke County (as is currently happening). If the 679 lot is full, hikers should go to the Snickers Gap DOT lot. 4/8/2015
at@rohland.org

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