VAC §29: VA-624 to Craig Creek Valley (VA-621)

Central Virginia §29 spans 15.5 miles. Parking is available for five mileposts.

Mp 0.0/15.5: 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 at trail crossing, on east side of road.

Mp 0.4/15.1: 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.

Mp 7.9/7.6: VA-620 [Miller Cove Road]

Locate: {37.39035, -80.19607}

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 2.3 mi to right onto VA-620. Follow VA-620 for 3.9 mi to AT crossing; look for AT bridge over stream to right. VA-620 is narrow and winding; it is unpaved for the last mile to AT.

Park: Parking for a few cars at trail crossing, on west side of road opposite AT bridge over creek, to east.

Mp 12.3/3.2: via connector from Audie Murphy Monument parking

Locate: {37.35770, -80.23750}

Orient: From VA-624 [Newport Road]: Coming from VA-311 to the east, follow VA-624 southwest for 6.8 mi to right onto Brush Mountain Road. Coming from US-460 to the west, follow VA-624 northeast for 10 mi to left onto Brush Mountain Road. Follow Brush Mountain Road for 1.7 mi to right onto USFS road. Follow USFS road for 1.5 mi.

Park: Large lot for Audie Murphy Monument at the end of gravel road.

Connect: From sign for monument, follow old, grassy road bed east beyond gate for about 0.1 mi to trail intersection at bench {37.35876, -80.23552}. For AT southbound, turn left and proceed downhill. For AT northbound and monument, continue straight ahead on forest road.

Mp 15.5/0.0: VA-621 [Upper Craig Creek Road]

Locate: {37.37925, -80.25003}

Orient: From VA-311 [Catawba Valley Drive], follow VA-621 southwest for 6.5 mi; turn right into lot. From US-460 [Virginia Road], follow VA-621 northeast for 14 mi; turn left into lot. VA-621 is paved between US-460 and VA-311.

Park: Medium-sized lot at crossing, on north side of road; dirt, unsigned.

Connect: For AT southbound, take trail from lot. For AT northbound, take trail from across road.