VAC §32: Johns Creek Valley (VA-632) to Stony Creek Valley (VA-635)

Central Virginia §32 spans 13.2 miles. Parking is available for five mileposts.

Mp 0.0/13.2: VA-632 [Hutchison Road]/USFS-156

Locate: {37.38800, -80.46899}

Orient: From VA-42 [Blue Grass Trail becoming Cumberland Gap Road] at US-460 [Virginia Avenue] in Newport: Follow VA-42 E for 9.8 mi to left onto VA-658 [Johns Creek Mountain Road]. Follow VA-658 for 4.2 mi to left onto VA-632 [Johns Creek Road becoming Hutchison Road]. Follow VA-632 for 5.1 mi to parking on right. Paved VA-632 becomes gravel USFS-156 at VA-601 [Rocky Gap Trail], about 0.8 mi before crossing. Alternatively, follow directions above to Mp 5.4/7.8; continue on VA-601 for 3.1 mi; turn left onto VA-632 and continue 0.8 mi to parking area on left.

Park: Small parking area for 4-6 cars near crossing, on right (north) side of road; unsigned. Look for utility pole on right about 0.8 mi beyond VA-621 [Rocky Gap Trail].

Connect: Follow road southwest a few yards farther to trail intersection. For AT northbound, turn left at AT sign; trail heads southwest initially. For AT southbound, turn right at blazes; trail heads northwest initially.

Mp 2.8/10.4: via War Spur Trail from VA-613 [Salt Sulphur Turnpike]

Locate: {37.39060, -80.50809}

Orient: ATC Guide calls VA-613 Salt Sulphur Turnpike, while Google Maps calls it Mountain Lake Road. From I-81 exit 118B for US-460 W: Follow US-460 W for 6.7 mi to right onto VA-700 [Mountain Lake Road]. Follow VA-700 for 6.6 mi to its terminus into VA-613. Follow VA-613 northeast (not left) for 3.2 mi to parking on right. VA-613 becomes gravel north of junction with VA-700 and Mountain Lake Resort.

Park: Looks like small parking area at trail head.

Connect: Follow War Spur Trail 1.1 mi to AT. Junction is signed.

Mp 5.9/7.3: VA-613 [Salt Sulphur Turnpike]

Locate: {37.41180, -80.52258}

Orient: ATC Guide calls VA-613 Salt Sulphur Turnpike, while Google Maps calls it Mountain Lake Road. From I-81 exit 118B for US-460 W: Follow US-460 W for 6.7 mi to right onto VA-700 [Mountain Lake Road]. Follow VA-700 for 6.6 mi to its terminus into VA-613. Follow VA-613 northeast (not left) for 5.3 mi to parking on left. VA-613 becomes gravel north of junction with VA-700 and Mountain Lake Resort.

Park: Large USFS lot at crossing, on southwest side of road; dirt, not signed.

Connect: From the lot, continue a few yards northwest along the road. For AT northbound, turn right from road; pass kiosk. For AT southbound, turn left from road.

Mp 11.1/2.1: VA-635 [Big Stony Creek Road]

Locate: {37.41423, -80.58414}

Orient: The trail crosses VA-635 11.4 mi northeast of US-460 and 4.6 mi southeast of VA-613 [White Rock Road]. The crossing is not signed. See directions for Mp 13.2/0.0.

Park: Roadside parking in shoulder for 2-3 cars at crossing. Medium USFS lot on north side of road about 100 yd farther east {37.414375, -80.583283}; signed for Cherokee Flats.

Connect: For AT northbound, enter woods from south side of road. For AT southbound, take bridge over creek, north of road.

Mp 13.2/0.0: VA-635 [Big Stony Creek Road]

Locate: {37.41860, -80.60457}

Orient: The parking area is 9.5 mi northeast of US-460 and 6.2 mi southeast of VA-613 [White Rock Road]. VA-635 stems from US-460 [Virginia Avenue] about 4 mi east of Pearisburg and 11 mi west of Newport. From US-460, follow VA-635 for 9.5 mi to parking on left; look for grass clearing about 0.2 mi beyond houses at Branch Creek Lane.

Park: Park in small, grass USFS lot on northwest side of road. There is no sign at the driveway, but there is a large kiosk for Peters Mountain Wilderness at the back of the parking area.

Connect: From the right side of the kiosk, follow a blue-blazed path 400 ft to AT. The unsigned junction is perhaps easy to overlook. For AT northbound, continue straight ahead, keeping creek and road to your right. For AT southbound, turn left and proceed uphill, keeping creak and road to your left.