VASW §42: Dickey Gap (VA-16) to Fox Creek Gap (VA-603)

Southwest Virginia §42 spans 8.5 miles. Parking is available for four mileposts.

Mp 0.0/8.5: VA-650 [Comers Creek Road]

Locate: {36.72043, -81.46155}

Orient: The AT crosses VA-650 just west of it terminus at VA-16 [Sugar Grove Highway] 9.4 mi northwest of US-58 [Highlands Parkway] in Mouth of Wilson and 14.5 mi southeast of I-81 at exit 45 in Marion.

Park: Parking for a half-dozen or so cars in lot; signed.

Mp 1.2/7.3: via Comers Creek Falls Trail

Locate: {36.71150, -81.47440}

Orient: The trailhead is on gravel VA-741 [Fairwood Road aka Homestead Road(?)]. VA-741 branches southwest from VA-16 [Sugar Grove Highway] 0.6 mi southwest of VA-650 [Comers Creek Road]; see Mp 0.0/8.5. From VA-16, follow narrow VA-741 for 0.5 mi to trailhead on right (north).

Park: Limited roadside parking may be possible along tight shoulder.

Connect: Follow Comers Creek Falls Trail becoming Iron Mountain Trail for 0.4 mi west to AT {36.714317, -81.474083}. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, continue ahead.

Mp 2.1/6.4: via Dickey Gap Trail

Locate: {36.72195, -81.48730}

Orient: The trailhead is on Hurricane Road at the entrance to Hurricane Campground. From VA-16 [Sugar Grove Highway] at VA-650 [Comers Creek Road] for Mp 0.0/8.5: follow VA-650 west for 1.4 mi to left onto Hurricane Road; follow Hurricane Road for 0.3 mi to left turn in road, past campground entrance; find parking area on left (east) side of road.

Park: Parking for about 5 cars in small lot.

Connect: Walk back to trailhead. Follow blue-blazed Dickey Gap Trail for 0.5 mi to AT {?}; signed. For AT northbound, continue ahead. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 8.5/0.0: VA-603 [Fairwood Road]

Locate: {36.69660, -81.50633}

Orient: The AT crosses VA-603 in Troutdale 4.1 mi west of VA-16 [Troutdale Highway] and 6.4 mi east of VA-600 [Whitetop Road].

Park: Parking for several cars in lot on south side of road; signed.