Coon Den Falls Trail joins the AT.
West to Bob Peoples' Kincora.
AT nobo enters Pond Mtn Wilderness.
Cross Laurel Fork on a bridge.
A large waterfall.
East 100 yards to Laurel Fork Shelter.
AT crosses Laurel Fork on a bridge.
West 1.3 miles via Laurel Falls Trail to Browns Grocery, closed sundays, long term resupply, (423) 725-2411. Braemar Castle Hostel offers lodging in an historic building nearby.
Sign for Pond Flats Wilderness.
AT S trailhead at Shook Branch Rd.
Shook Branch Road and US 321. Across the street is the Shook Branch Recreation Area on Watauga Lake, which may have bathrooms and running water in season.
W 100' to Watauga Lake Shelter. Water source is a stream south of the shelter.
Middle of the dam.
AT north trailhead on Lookout Road.
AT crosses Lookout Road.
West 0.3 miles to a spring.
Sleeps 6, tenting, no privy. Water source is a spring down side trail south of the shelter.
Campsite. E to Blackman Spring.
East 100 feet to a spring.
Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is a spring south on the AT.
West 200 feet to a small spring.
AT S trailhead on Cross Mtn Road. Junction of AT with southern section of the Iron Mtn Trail.
Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is a piped spring behind shelter.
AT crosses Low Gap at US 421.
No longer a maintained AT shelter -- ruined, dilapidated&tumbledown.
Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is a spring east of the shelter on a spur.
Backbone Rock Trail junction with the AT.
AT crosses the TN-VA line.
East 0.2 miles to a piped spring.
S trailhead for the AT out of Damascus VA, Water Street and Mock Ave.
Full service outfitter, (276) 475-5416.
East 100 yards to The Place, a hostel.
Junction of the north section of the Iron Mountain Trail with the AT in Damascus.
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Second junction of the AT with the VCT, Orchard Road.
AT crosses US 58 and joins the Virginia Creeper Trail.
Beech Grove Connector crosses the AT.
Spur trail connects the AT to the Virginia Creeper Trail.
West 0.3 miles to Saunders Shelter.
West 0.1 miles to Saunders Shelter.
Stream near Beartree Gap.
East junction of the AT with the Virginia Creeper Trail
Cross a stream.
Sleeps 8, tenting, privy. Water source is a spring.
Beech Mtn Road.
Road leads to the summit of Whitetop Mtn.
South AT trailhead off VA 600. Pit toilet and trash nearby.
AT nobo enters Lewis Fork Wilderness.
W 0.5 miles to the summit of Mt. Rogers.
Sleeps 16. Privy. Water source is a spring in gated area behind shelter. Campsites 0.1 miles north on the AT.
Pine Mountain Trail south junction with the AT.
AT nobo enters Grayson Highlands State Park.
E 0.6 miles to trailhead at Grayson Highland Lane.
Sleeps 8, privy. Water source is an unreliable spring a hundred yards in front of shelter.
AT nobo enters Little Wilson Creek Wilderness.
AT crosses the Bearpen Trail.
AT nobo leaves Little Wilson Wilderness.
Campsite, small spring, privy.
N junction of Pine Mountain Trail with the AT.
Sleeps 6, tenting, privy. Water source is a piped spring 100 yards to the right of the shelter.
AT crosses Old Orchard Trail.
AT nobo leaves Lewis Fork Wilderness behind.
West 0.1 miles to shelter, east to water.
Cross a small stream.
E 3 miles on VA 16 to Troutdale, VA. Sufi Lodge<https://www.sufilodge.org/>offers rooms at reasonable rates, breakfast, shuttles, (276) 677-0195, mail drops.
E 0.2 miles to site of former Raccoon Branch Shelter, now a campsite.
East 0.1 miles to shelter.