Parking on the VA/WV Appalachian Trail

Section 6 - Chester Gap to Gravel Springs Gap Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
Weather  
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0.0
US 522 - Chester Gap
  Poor            Great




The AT crosses US 522 3.2 miles east of the junction with VA 55 at the southeast edge of Front Royal. The crossing is just past the National Zoological Park. There is a small dirt parking area on the right at the crossing suitable for 3 or 4 cars. Shoulder parking is also possible. 3/13/2006
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The trail south of US 522 actually runs along the east edge of the field shown on the satellite view south of the highway. The trail crossing is indicated by the green arrow. The parking area can be seen on the south side of US 522. Rotate the street view to the south to see the parking area and southbound trail to Section 6 Rotate to the north to see the northbound trail to section 5. 1/4/2010 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
AT PARKING ALERT. On 4-24-12 several vehicles were broken into at the AT parking area alongside Rt 522 in Chester Gap. In each case, a side window was smashed to gain entry. These break-ins occurred between the hours of 9AM and 3:45PM, in broad daylight along a busy road. 04/25/12 1
Trailbum @ webtv.net
1.4
VA 602
  Poor            Great



 
Follow US 522 1.8 miles east of its intersection with VA 55 (South Street) on the southeast edge of Front Royal, then take paved VA 604 south. In 2 miles miles go left on VA 602. The trail crossing is about 0.6 miles further. The marker on the attached map indicates the approximate crossing point. Limited roadside parking is possible. 1/4/2010 2-3 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.7
4-H Center
  Poor            Great



 
Take 522 east from Front Royal, take a right on VA 604 (Harmony Hollow Rd) go about 1.75 miles, and then left onto VA 602 (Moore Rd), where you see the 4-H sign, this takes you to the 4-H driveway. Go all the way up the hill to the office to register (unless you have faxed in the parking form). Hiker parking is at the pool parking lot. This is at the 1.7 mile mark of this section. On 12/28/12, went to the lot described at 2.6 mile mark (PATC lot on Pomeroy Rd, VA 601), but Pomeroy Rd is posted as private and quite a few no trespassing signs. The lot was snowy, so we wouldn''t have been able to park there anyway. Instead, we went to the nearby 4-H Center. The office staff were friendly and helpful. They allow hikers to park on site, but you must fill out a form: http://www.nova4h.com/appalachian-trail-hikers/

From the pool parking lot, the blue-blazed access trail is directly across the driveway between two lodges (hikers are not allowed to stay in the lodges). It is a short, uphill hike to the AT. You must register your car before parking
10 1
ericolson12l @ aol.com
2.6
Trail to VA 601
  Poor            Great



 
Follow US 522 1.8 miles east of its intersection with VA 55 (South Street) on the southeast edge of Front Royal, then take paved VA 604 south. In 2.5 miles miles go left on gravel VA 601. A PATC lot is on the right in approximately 0.5 miles. The lot is before VA 601 makes a sharp right turn. A blue-blazed trail on the opposite side of the road goes east, meeting VA 601 again at a sharp turn in 0.4 miles, then continuing another 0.3 miles to meet the AT north of the Tom Floyd Wayside. Northbound is left, southbound is right. Coordinates at the intersection with the AT are 38.2585 -78.1651. 1/5/2010 4
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The marker on the attached map indicates the approximate location of the parking area. This position was estimated from the AT map. It is on the south side of the road. Pomeroy road is also callled VA 601. 1/5/2010 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
On 12/28/12, went to the lot described at 2.6 mile mark (PATC lot on Pomeroy Rd, VA 601), but Pomeroy Rd is posted as private and quite a few no trespassing signs. The lot was snowy, so we wouldn''t have been able to park there anyway. 12/30/12 0 1
ericolson12 @ aol.com
5.6
Compton Gap
  Poor            Great




Parking area for 14 cars at Mile 10.4 of Skyline Drive or 21.1 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The parking lot is on the north side of the drive At this point the drive is going east-west. The parking lot can be seen in the center of the satellite view of the attached map. The marker indicates the entrance to the parking area. Note: There is currently no street view available. This is the northernmost intersection of the AT and Skyline Drive. Northbound goes north from the parking lot. Soutbound crosses the road and goes south. 3/7/08 14 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
7.6
Jenkins Gap Trail
  Poor            Great



 
Parking Area for Jenkins Gap Trail is at Mile 12.3 of Skyline Drive, 19.2 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). Parking area is on the west side of the Drive at the end of a short spur road.. The marker and street view on the attached map indicate the parking area. Walk west about 0.1 mile on the Jenkins Gap Trail to intersect the AT. Northbound is right, southbound left. 06/11/2016 14 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
9.3
Hogwallow Gap
  Poor            Great



 
Hogwallow Gap is at Mile 14.2 of Skyline Drive, 17.3 miles north of Thornton Gap. The AT Guide suggests that some parking, probably roadside, is possible. The marker on the attached map indicates the crossing. Coordinates N38.7898 W78.1887 AT crosses the Drive here. Southbound is on the east side Rotate the street view on the map to the south to see this. Northbound is on the west side. Rotate the street view to the west to see this. 06/07/2016 Roadside possible 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
11.5
North Marshall Parking
  Poor            Great




There is a parking area at Mile 15.9 on Skyline Drive, 15.6 miles north of Thornton Gap. There are park service signs giving hiking options to North Marshall. This parking area is on the east side of the drive. The marker and the street view to the east on the attached map show the entrance to the parking area. Coordinates N38.7752 W78.2111 The AT passes just a few feet to the east of the parking area.. Southbound (to the right) it soon crosses Skyline Drive to the west side. Northbound (to the left) the AT starts the climb to North Marshall. 06/06/16 12 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
11.5
Skyline Drive (Mile 15.9)
  Poor            Great



 
The attached map shows the crossing of Skyline Drive near the parking for North Marshall. The marker indicates the crossing. It is at Mile 15.9 of Skyline Drive, 15.6 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). .Coordinates are N38.7749 W -78.2120. Rotate the street view to the west to see the southbound trail. Rotate to the east to see the northbound trail. Parking opportunities are minimal at the crossing. The North Marshal lot is far better. If you zom in on the satellite view the parking lot can be seen just to the east of the crossing. 01/14/10 0 to very limited 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.1
Gravel Springs Gap
  Poor            Great




Gravel Springs Gap is at Mile 17.7 of Skyline Drive, 13.8 miles north of Thornton Gap (US 211). The drive right here is going east-west. A parking area is on the "east" (actually south) side of the road. See attached map. To see the lot on the street view, rotate the view to the south. The AT crosses the road here. Northbound is on the "west" (actually north) side of the drive, southbound is on the "east" (actually south) side. The northbound trail can be seen by rotating the street view to the north. The southbound trail crosses the parking lot.06/05/2016 8-10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

This section is described as Section 1 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park"
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