Length: 2.90 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Buchanan VA., east 7 miles on Rt 614.
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This trail begins at an elevation of 3300 feet on the Appalachian Trail, 1.5 miles south of FS Road 812 (Parkers Gap Road). It descends steadily, following old logging roads. During its 2.9 mile northwesterly route to North Creek, the elevation drops to 1500 feet at its junction with FS Road 59 and Apple Orchard Falls Trail. From end of the trail, follow FS 59 west for 4.5 miles to junction with Va. Route 614, then 3 miles to Interstate 81, (Exit 168).
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil
Average Grade: 9%
Elevation Low Point: 1,500
Elevation High Point: 3,250
Year Designated: 1981
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
P.O. Box 10
Natural Bridge Station , VA 24579
Great hike with mixed trail surfaces
Starting from the AT, you get the rough and steep sections of this trail out of the way early on. I disliked the old logging road section, but as soon as you hit North Creek and follow it downhill as it meanders is this trail's bread and butter. The sights and sounds of the busy creek will keep you entertained. Part of a great loop hike.
January 16, 2018
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