VASW §45: Summit Cut (US-58) to Damascus

Southwest Virginia §45 spans 16.9 miles. Parking is available for six mileposts.

Mp 2.3/14.6: VA-859 [Grassy Ridge Road]

Locate: {36.64988, -81.66365}

Orient: VA-859 branches southeast from US-58 [Highlands Highway] 21.8 mi southeast of I-81 exit 19 in Abingdon. From US-58, follow VA-850 for 0.8 mi to AT.

Park: Limited roadside parking along shoulder may be possible at crossing or 0.1 mi farther south.

Mp 3.4/13.5: via Creek Junction connector

Locate: {36.64814, -81.67214}

Orient: VA-728 branches southwest from US-58 [Jeb Stuart Highway] 9.2 mi west of its south intersection with VA-91 [Mountain City Road] in Damascus or 21 mi southeast of I-81 exit 19 in Abingdon. Look for signs to Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail. From US-58: follow gravel VA-728 for 1.0 mi to parking area at end of road.

Park: Large lot below Luther Hassinger Memorial Bridge; shared with Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail. Privy.

Connect: Follow access trail along old railroad bed for 0.5 mi to AT {36.64692, -81.67222}(?) at Creek Junction. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 5.2/11.7: via Beartree Gap Trail

Locate: {36.65615, -81.69083}

Orient: Beartree Gap Road branches north from US-58 [Jeb Stuart Highway] 6.8 mi west of its south intersection with VA-91 [Mountain City Road] in Damascus or 19 mi southeast of I-81 exit 19 in Abingdon. Look for USFS sign "National Recreation Area". From US-58: follow Beartree Gap Road north then east for 0.2 mi to right into parking area; continue down driveway for 130 yd to lot.

Park: Park in large Angler's Lot near Bear Tree Lake. Alternatively, roadside parking along shoulder may be possible where Beartree Gap Trail crosses US-58, east of Beartree Gap Road, on both sides of road.

Connect: Follow violet-blazed Beartree Gap Trail south (crossing US-58) for 0.5 mi to AT {36.6512, -81.6893}; signed. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 9.3/7.6: via Virginia Creeper Trail

Locate: {36.62474, -81.71752}

Orient: Dollarsville Road becoming Taylor Valley Road branches northeast from TN-91 [Mountain City Road] in Laurel Bloomery, TN, 2.3 mi southeast of US-58 [Jeb Stuart Highway] in Damascus (south intersection) and 10 mi northeast of US-421 in Mountain City, TN. From TN-91: follow Dollarsville Road becoming Taylor Valley Road for 2.7 mi to T-intersection with Waccamaw Lane; turn left into lot. (Road name changes at VA-TN border.)

Park: Parking in large lot for Taylor Valley Trailhead of Virginia Creeper Trail, at foot of Waccamaw Lane.

Connect: Follow Virginia Creeper Trail northwest for about a quarter mile to right onto blue-blazed path; follow path for 50 yd to AT {?}, at base of switchbacks for Straight Mountain; signed. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 11.3/5.6: US-58 [Highlands Highway]

Locate: {36.64500, -81.73641}

Orient: The AT crosses US-58 [Jeb Stuart Highway] 3.3 mi west of its south intersection with VA-91 [Mountain City Road] in Damascus or 15.1 mi southeast of I-81 exit 19 in Abingdon.

Park: Parking for 3–4 cars in shoulder along south side of road. Alternatively, park in large lot for Virginia Creeper Trail 0.3 mi west on US-58 {36.64453, -81.74095}, on south side of road; Straight Branch Trailhead.

Mp 16.9/0.0: via N Reynolds Street

Locate: {36.63625, -81.78961}

Orient: Southbound §45 ends at Damascus Town Hall, near the corner of W Laurel Avenue [US-58, CR-878] and N Reynolds Street. Parking is available nearby at the north end of N Reynolds Street, at W Imboden Avenue, 11 mi southeast of I-81 exit 19 in Abingdon.

Park: Parking in large municipal lot, two blocks north of town hall. Registration at town hall is encouraged for overnight parking. Or, park for fee in lot for Mt Rogers Outfitters on Laurel Avenue and S Shady Avenue {36.634993, -81.789220}, one block southeast of town hall.

Connect: Walk south on N Reynolds Avenue for two blocks to AT {36.635253, -81.789919} along W Laurel Avenue; town hall is to right. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Note: The northernmost 3.5 mi of TN/NC §1 are in VA, from Damascus south to TN/VA border.