VASW §35: Mouth of Dismal Creek (VA-606) to Lickskillet Hollow Road (VA-608)

Southwest Virginia §35 spans 5.3 miles. Parking is available for two mileposts.

Mp 0.0/5.3: VA-606 [Wilderness Road]

Locate: {37.17025, -80.90192}

Orient: VA-606 branches north from VA-42 [E Bluegrass Trail] about 10.3 mi west of VA-100 [Pulaski Giles Turnpike] and 13.2 mi east of US-52 [N Scenic Highway]. From VA-42 at VA-606 {37.166163, -80.899441}: take VA-606 northwest for about 0.3 mi to parking area on left (west) side of road; look for dirt driveway going down into parking area along Kimberling Creek. The lot is 50 yd south of where the AT crosses VA-606; it is not easily seen from the road. The unsigned crossing is marked by blaze posts on both sides of the road.

Park: Room for 4–6 cars in small dirt lot adjacent to AT bridge over Kimberling Creek; may be muddy in wet weather. Additional roadside parking is possible along west shoulder of VA-606 at crossing, about 0.2 mi south of crossing, and about 0.3 mi north of crossing; room for 2–3 cars in each pull-off.

Connect: For AT northbound, from bridge head towards VA-606. For AT southbound, take bridge over creek.

Mp 5.2/0.1: VA-608 [Price Ridge Road]

Locate: {37.15712, -80.96111}

Orient: VA-608 branches north from VA-42 [E Bluegrass Trail] about 14.1 mi west of VA-100 [Pulaski Giles Turnpike] and 9.4 mi east of US-52 [N Scenic Highway]. From VA-42 at VA-608 {37.147499, -80.963799}: take VA-608 north for 0.8 mi to pull-off on right (east) side of road.

Park: Room for 4–6 cars in pull-off on east side of VA-608, where footpath and roadway meet.

Connect: The AT and VA-608 coincide for the southernmost 0.1 mi of §35. Neither of the footpath-pavement junctions at Mp 5.2/0.1 and Mp 5.3/0.0 is signed, but short plank bridges over roadside gullies mark both junctions. For AT northbound, take plank bridge onto footpath from east side of road. For AT southbound, follow road south (left) for 0.1 mi and turn right at plank bridge onto footpath on west side of road, the north terminus of §36.

Note: The ATC guidebook calls VA-608 Lickskillet Hollow Road, but road signs and online maps say Price Ridge Road.