Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 4 - Ashby Gap to Manassas Gap Displayed from North to South

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0.0
US 50 - Ashby Gap
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The north end of this section is where the trail crosses US 50. The crossing is just west of the intersection of US 50 and VA 601. The marker on the attached map indicates the approximate location of the actual trail crossing. Click on the camera icon for the A marker and rotate the street view to the southwest to see the southbound trail to Section 4 going into the woods. Click on the camera icon for B and rotate the street view to the east to see the northbound trail to section 3 also going into the woods. In both cases the actual trail is difficult to see but look for the white blazes which mark the trailhead. Others might have a better knowledge of this than I, but roadside parking on US 50 would seem to be difficult at best and perhaps ill-advised or illegal. See next listing for better parking in the area.

The northbound ATcomes in from the west, goes right, crosses the median, then goes back into the woods to the east. Note: Hikers can cross the median directly and do not have to follow the route in blue on the map. 11/14/09
Probably 0 at crossing 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The best parking in this area is actually north of US 50 in Section 3. From the intersecion of US 50 and VA 601 take the latter north for 0.2 miles to a gravel driveway on the left. This descends steeply to the parking area. The marker on the attached map shows the approximate location of the entrance to the parking area. It is very easily missed. There is a small sign saying something like Hiker Parking. I believe it is the first possible left turn of any sort off VA 601 north of US 50. A blue-blazed trail leads west about 0.1 miles to the AT. To reach US 50 and the northern end of this section, go left 0.2 miles. Nortbound AT to section 3 is straight ahead. 11/14/09 8-10 1
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1.8
Ambassador Whitehouse Trail
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See entry for North Ridge Trail (Mile 2.5) for directions to the Sky Meadows State Park Visitor Center. This is a new trail made possible by the purchase by the National Park Service of the former Ovoka Farm north of Sky Meadows State Park. The AT has been relocated through this area. This relocation is included in the current edition of the 'AT Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia' (17th ed). To reach the AT via this trail follow the North Ridge trail approximately 0.7 miles west from the Visitor Center. The blue-blazed Ambasssador Whitehouse trail goes north and then west to meet the AT in an additional 1.1 miles. Northbound AT is right. Southbound as I recall is more or less straight ahead. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 39.0067 -77.9785 1/07/2010
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The attached map shows the area around the intersection with the AT. The AT can clearly be seen going from southwest to northeast. The intersection with the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail is approximately indicated by the marker. 01/07/10 1
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2.5
North Ridge Trail--Sky Meadows SP
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From I-66 ( Exit 23, I believe) take US 17 north for about 7 miles or from US 50 take US 17 south for 0.7 miles. Go west on VA 710, the entrance road to Sky Meadows State park. Drive to Visitor Center. Ample parking There are a number of state park trails. The blue-blazed North Ridge Trail, which goes west from the Visitor Center, is the shortest route (1.7 miles)to the AT. See AT Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia for description of trail. A park bench is at the intersection with the AT. Northbound AT is right, southbound is left. 3/12/06
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The marker on the attached map indicates the Visitor Center area where there is parking. 01/06/08 75-100 1
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3.1
Trail to Orchard Parking Area
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There is another parking area about 0.5 miles north of the one at Signal Knob. (See Mile 3.7). According to the 17th edition of the Appalacchian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia, this is called the Orchard Parking area. Note the warning about the condition of the road. The marker on the attached map indicates the parking area. An unblazed path goes east 0.1 miles to meet the AT. As I recall, the northbound AT bears east here, so at this point, the southbound AT goes right, the northbound AT goes more or less straight ahead. This area is part of the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. 11/15/09 10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
3.7
Trail to Signal Knob Parking Area
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See directions to Ted Lake Trail (Mile 9.2). Continue north on VA 638. At Parking Area 7 (See mile 6.2) paved VA 638 turns sharply left. Continue north on gravel road for about 2 miles. (estimated from map) to parking area for Signal Knob. Total distance from Linden and intersection of VA 638 and Rte. 55 is about 8 miles. This area is part of the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. Warning: I have not driven to this lot but previous ATC Guides have warned that the section of road past Route 638 is not driveable for most cars. The current 17th edition is silent on the matter. I do not know if this means the road has been improved or not. Note: the attached Google Map calls the access road the Appalachian Trail, but this is not the case. See attached map. The parking area is marked by the green arrow. From there a trail runs east to meet the AT in about 0.1 miles. Both this spur trail and the AT are clearly visible on the satellite view. At the AT the southbound trail goes right, the northbound goes left. 11/15/09 20 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.3
Old Road to Parking Area 7
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See directions to Ted Lake Trail (Mile 9.2). Continue north on VA 638 for another 2 miles. The unpaved parking area is on the right. At this point paved VA 638 turns sharply left (west) and starts to descend the mountain. There is a bank of mailboxes at the north end of the parking area. The marker on the attached map indicates the parking area.

This is Parking Area #7 of the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. A gated old road is at the north end of the parking area. There is a "No vehicles--Foot Travel Welcome sign" here. Follow this road east. It steeply descends 0.2 miles to meet the AT. Northbound is left, southbound right. 3/11/06 8-10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
01/06/08 6-10 1
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Parking is at GPS 38.96349, -78.01977. The VA parks trail intersects the AT at GPS 38.96350, -78.01614. 10/16/09 1
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7.1
Trico Road
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See direction to Trillium Trail (Mile 7.4) The marker indicates the approximate location of the parking area. A gated old road goes east from and meets the AT in 0.7 miles. Northbound is left. The southbound AT follows the road for a few feet, then goes right. Coordinates at the intersection are 38.9535 -78.0213. 11/15/09 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
01/06/08 6-10 1
chico20854 @ yahoo.com
7.4
Trillium Trail
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See entry for Ted Lake Trail (Mile 9.2). Continue north on VA 638 for another 1.5 miles to the Trillium Parking Area (formerly Parking Area #6.) This is about 5.5 miles from the the intersection of VA 55 and VA 638 in Linden. There are several communication towers in this vicinity. I have never used this particular access. Earlier editions of the AT Guide mention an old firetower here, but the curent 17th edition does not, so it may have been removed. The blue blazed Trillium Trail initially follows Trico Road, a gated old road, from the parking area, then goes right and meets the AT in 0.3 miles. Southbound AT is right, northbound left. Coordinates at the intersection are 38.9511 -78.0260. 11/15/09
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.5
Verlin Smith Trail
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Verlin Smith Parking Area (formerly Parking Area 5) of the Thompson Wildlife Management area is about 0.3 miles north of Parking Area #4. (See Ted Lake Trail (Mile 9.2)). It is on the right hand side of paved VA 638 when going north. On the attached map, the marker indicates the approximate location of the parking area. An old road goes east from the parking area. On the AT map, this is labeled as the Verlin Smith Trail. It meets the AT in 0.4 miles. Northbound is left. Southbound AT goes straight ahead on the road for a bit, then goes right as a foot path. Coordinas at the intersection are 38.9404 -78.0359 .3/12/06 6 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
9.3
Ted Lake Trail
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From the intersection of VA 638 and VA 55 in Linden, go north on VA 638 for approximately 4 miles. A large dirt parking lot is on the right. This is the Upper Ted Lake Parking Area ( formerly Parking Area #4) for the Thompson Wildlike Management Area. On the satellite view of the attached map, the markers indicate the entrance to the parking area.



From parking lot the blue-blazed Ted Lake Trail goes east 0.8 miles to meet the AT just south of Manassas Gap Shelter. The northbound AT goes left, the southbound AT continues straight ahead on an old road, coinciding with the Ted Lake Trail for 90 yards, before going south on a foot path. 3/11/06 15-20 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
11.6
VA 725
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See entry for Manassas Gap (Mile 11.8) for directions to intersection of VA 55 and 725. Go north on VA 725 (Tuckers Lane) under I-66 overpass. PATC parking area is on right about 0.2 miles from intersection. The northbound AT follows Rte. 725 to this parking lot. It crosses the lot then reenters the woods, almost immediately crossing a stream on a very impressive foot bridge. 3/11/2006 10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
01/06/08 15-20 1
chico20854 @ yahoo.com
Continue under I66 from VA 55 on County Road 725 and there is a large lot on the right hand side of the road 11/15/09 1
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3/10/10 between 10 AM and 2:30 PM, car broken into, black purse stolen, and paint chipped on door and frame on driver side - report also mentions they don't usually have break in problems at this parking lot.
05/11/10

jluthy @ appalachiantrail.org
11.8
VA 55 - Manassas Gap
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Take Rte 55 east from Front Royal to jct. with VA 725 (about 1 mi east of Linden). Alternatively take I-66 to Exit 13. Go east 2.5 miles on VA 55 to intersection with VA 725. Parking on west side of VA 725 just north of intersection. There is a parking pull-of on south side of VA 55 where the southbound trail reenters woods. A few more cars could be parked here. More parking is available nearby at the PATC lot on VA 725. See Mile 11.6. 3/11/2006The northbound AT follows VA 725 north under the I-66 overpass 6-8
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
GPS 38.90966, -78.05341 Rotate the street view on the attached map to the north to see the view down Tuckers Lane (VA 725). Note the parking area on the left hand side of the road. The PATC lot is not visible, but is on the right on the other side of the freeway overpass. The northbound trail to Section 4 follows Tuckers Lane as far as the PATC lot. Rotate the street view to the south to the southeast to see the parking on the south side of VA 55. The southbound trail to Section 5 leaves from the west side of the parking area. Note the small trash can hanging on a tree. This is at the southbound trailhead. 10/16/09 3-4 1
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