VAC §28: US-220 and VA-816 to VA-624

Central Virginia §28 spans 25.7 miles. Parking is available for four mileposts.

Mp 0.0/25.7: US 220 [Roanoke Road] at Park-and-Ride lot

Locate: {37.39123, -79.90612}

Orient: Park-and-Ride lot is on southbound side of US-220 at terminus of VA-816 [Tinker Mountain Road], about 0.5 miles northwest of I-81 exit 150B. Lot is 0.2 miles south of where AT crosses US-220.

Park: Large lot shared with commuters; no gate, no fee.

Connect: Short path from northwest corner of lot connects to AT in 0.2 mi.

Mp 10.0/15.7: via Andy Layne Trail from VA-779 [Catawba Road]

Locate: {37.45724, -80.01760}

Orient: From I-81 exit 150B for US-220 N: Follow US-220 N for 1.4 mi to left onto VA-779. VA-779 for 8.4 mi to left into lot, about 0.3 miles north of VA-600.

Park: Ample lot on the east side of VA-779; signed for Andy Layne Trail.

Connect: Andy Lane Trail reaches AT in about 2.9 miles at Scorched Earth Gap {37.44016, -79.9953}.

Mp 19.8/5.9: VA 311 [Catawba Valley Drive]

Locate: {37.38020, -80.08947}

Orient: From I-81 exit 140 for VA-311 N: Follow VA-311 N for 6.0 mi to left into lot, via turning lane, at crest of hill.

Park: Large lot, signed. (Portable toilets in 2016.)

Mp 25.7/0.0: VA-624 [Newport Road]

Locate: {37.37151, -80.14969}

Orient: From I-81 exit 140 for VA-311 N [Catawba Valley Drive]: Follow VA-311 N for 9 mi to left onto VA-624. Follow VA-624 for 0.3 mi to trail crossing; parking pull-offs to left.

Park: Parking for 2-3 cars on east side of road.

Mp 25.7/0.0: via Scout Trail from VA-311 [Catawba Valley Drive]

Locate: {37.37964, -80.15589}

Orient: From I-81 exit 140 for VA-311 N [Catawba Valley Drive]: Follow VA-311 N for 9.4 mi to left into parking lot. Lot is on the west side of VA-311 about 0.4 miles north of VA-624.

Park: Large USFS lot on west side of road; signed for Appalachian Trail and Dragon's Tooth Trail. Trees hide lot from road; look for unassuming gravel driveway with USFS sign. Privy.

Connect: Follow Scout Trail (yellow blazes) for 0.5 mi to AT. Then turn left for AT northbound or right for AT southbound.