Waypoint: WataugaShelterSpur

mile 425.86 / Shelter Junction

W 100' to Watauga Lake Shelter. Water source is a stream south of the shelter.

Waypoint: WataugaDam

mile 426.95 / Scenic Area

Middle of the dam.

Waypoint: AT42401

mile 427.36 / Road

AT north trailhead on Lookout Road.

Waypoint: AT42521

mile 428.25 / Road

AT crosses Lookout Road.

Waypoint: VandeventerWaTr

mile 432.85 / Trail Junction

West 0.3 miles to a spring.

Waypoint: VandeventerShelter

mile 432.90 / Shelter

Sleeps 6, tenting, no privy. Water source is a spring down side trail south of the shelter.

Waypoint: BlackmanSpringSpur

mile 436.74 / Campsite

Campsite. E to Blackman Spring.

Waypoint: TurkeypenGap

mile 438.04 / Gap

Waypoint: AT43601

mile 438.97 / Power line

Waypoint: IronMtnSpringTr

mile 439.50 / Trail Junction

East 100' to Iron Mtn Spring.

Waypoint: IronMtnShelter

mile 439.70 / Shelter

Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is a spring south on the AT.

Waypoint: GrindstaffMonument

mile 440.96 / Scenic Area

Waypoint: HickoryFlatBrSpur

mile 441.07 / Trail Junction

W 200' to a small spring.

Waypoint: CrossMtnRd

mile 444.17 / Parking

AT S trailhead on Cross Mtn Road. Junction of AT with southern section of the Iron Mtn Trail.

Waypoint: TN91

mile 444.19 / Road

Waypoint: AT44211

mile 445.00 / Gate

Waypoint: StonyCreek

mile 446.23 / Water

Small stream.

Waypoint: DoubleSpringShelter

mile 447.15 / Shelter

Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is a piped spring behind shelter.

Waypoint: LowGapTN

mile 450.65 / Parking

AT crosses Low Gap at US 421.

Waypoint: QueensKnobShelter

mile 453.95 / Scenic Area

No longer a maintained AT shelter -- ruined, dilapidated & tumbledown.

Waypoint: McQueenGapRd

mile 454.28 / Road

Waypoint: AbingdonGapShelter

mile 455.33 / Shelter

Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is a spring east of the shelter on a spur.

Waypoint: ATBackboneRockTr

mile 460.27 / Trail Junction

Backbone Rock Trail junction with the AT.

Waypoint: VA-TN

mile 461.58 / Scenic Area

AT crosses the TN-VA line.

Waypoint: AT46051

mile 463.14 / Trail Junction

E 0.2 miles to a piped spring.

Waypoint: ATDamascusS

mile 464.70 / Trailhead

S trailhead for the AT out of Damascus VA, Water Street and Mock Ave.

Waypoint: ATVAC

mile 465.01 / Trailhead

Waypoint: BoboMcFarlands

mile 465.15 / Restaurant

Pizza, beer, sandwiches, traditional American food.

Waypoint: MtRogersOutfitters

mile 465.19 / Outfitter

Full service outfitter, (276) 475-5416.

Waypoint: ATLegionSt

mile 465.30 / Road

East 100 yards to the Place, a hostel.

Waypoint: IronMtnDamascus

mile 465.57 / Trailhead

Junction of the north section of the Iron Mountain Trail with the AT in Damascus.

Waypoint: CrazyLarrys

mile 465.60 / Hostel

Bunks for up to 9, hot shower, tenting, shuttles <https://www.facebook.com/CrazyLarrysHostel/>.

Waypoint: OrchardHillRd

mile 465.74 / Trailhead

Second junction of the AT with the VCT, Orchard Road.

Waypoint: AT-VAC-III

mile 466.15 / Trailhead

Junction of the AT with the Virginia Creeper Trail, AT nobo trailhead out of Damascus off US 58.

Waypoint: AT-BGC

mile 470.02 / Trail Junction

Beech Grove Connector crosses the AT.

Waypoint: AT46833

mile 471.96 / Water


Waypoint: AT46905

mile 472.58 / Trail Junction

Spur trail connects the AT to the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Waypoint: SaundersS

mile 474.00 / Shelter Junction

West 0.3 miles to Saunders Shelter.

Waypoint: SaundersN

mile 474.44 / Trailhead

West 0.1 to Saunders Shelter.

Waypoint: AT47434

mile 477.89 / Water


Waypoint: AT-VAC-IV

mile 478.39 / Trailhead

Waypoint: AT-VAC-V

mile 479.09 / Trailhead

East junction of the AT with the Virginia Creeper Trail

Waypoint: AT47605

mile 479.62 / Water

Cross a stream.

Waypoint: AT47635

mile 479.86 / Water

Cross a stream.

Waypoint: LostMtnShelter

mile 480.90 / Shelter

Sleeps 8, tenting, privy. Water source is a spring.

Waypoint: US58

mile 481.86 / Road

Waypoint: VA601

mile 483.08 / Parking

Beech Mtn Road.

Waypoint: BuzzardRock

mile 485.56 / Scenic Area

Waypoint: WhitetopSpring

mile 486.37 / Water

Piped spring.

Waypoint: WhitetopRd

mile 486.50 / Road

Road leads to the summit of Whitetop Mtn.

Waypoint: VA600S

mile 488.82 / Parking

South AT trailhead off VA 600. Pit toilet and trash nearby.

Waypoint: LewisForkWildS

mile 489.25 / Sign

AT nobo enters Lewis Fork Wilderness.

Waypoint: MtRogersSpur

mile 492.77 / Trailhead

W 0.5 miles to the summit of Mt. Rogers.

Waypoint: ThomasKnobShelter

mile 492.97 / Shelter

Sleeps 16. Privy. Water source is a spring in gated area behind shelter. Campsites 0.1 miles north on the AT.

Waypoint: ATPineMtnTrS

mile 493.94 / Trail Junction

Pine Mountain Trail south junction with the AT.

Waypoint: GraysonSouth

mile 495.36 / Gate

AT nobo enters Grayson Highlands State Park.

Waypoint: AT49278

mile 495.93 / Trail Junction

E 0.6 miles to trailhead at Grayson Highland Lane.

Waypoint: QuebecBranch

mile 497.11 / Water


Waypoint: WiseShelter

mile 497.94 / Shelter

Sleeps 8, privy. Water source is an unreliable spring a hundred yards in front of shelter.

Waypoint: BigWilsonCreek

mile 498.06 / Water


Waypoint: WilsonCreek

mile 498.27 / Water


Waypoint: LilWilsonWildS

mile 498.41 / Sign

AT nobo enters Little Wilson Creek Wilderness.

Waypoint: ATBearpen

mile 499.67 / Trail Junction

AT crosses the Bearpen Trail.

Waypoint: LilWilsonWildN

mile 499.71 / Sign

AT nobo leaves Little Wilson Wilderness.

Waypoint: Scales

mile 500.88 / Campsite

Campsite, small spring, privy.

Waypoint: ATPineMtnTrN

mile 502.19 / Trail Junction

N junction of Pine Mountain Trail with the AT.

Waypoint: OldOrchardShelter

mile 503.82 / Shelter

Sleeps 6, tenting, privy. Water source is a piped spring 100 yards to the right of the shelter.

Waypoint: ATOldOrchardTr1

mile 503.91 / Trail Junction

AT crosses Old Orchard Trail.

Waypoint: ATOldOrchardTr2

mile 504.62 / Trail Junction

AT crosses Old Orchard Trail.

Waypoint: LewisForkWildN

mile 504.88 / Sign

AT nobo leaves Lewis Fork Wilderness behind.

Waypoint: VA603

mile 505.47 / Road

Waypoint: FoxCreek

mile 505.54 / Water

Large footbridge.

Waypoint: IronMtnAT

mile 507.71 / Trailhead

Iron Mountain Trail crosses the AT.

Waypoint: HurricaneSpur

mile 508.69 / Trailhead

W to Hurricane Mountain Shelter, E to water.

Waypoint: ATHurricaneCrTr

mile 509.29 / Trail Junction

Hurricane Creek Trail joins the AT.

Waypoint: AT50707

mile 510.02 / Water

Cross a stream.

Waypoint: AT50734

mile 510.36 / Power line

Waypoint: AT50845

mile 511.40 / Water

Cross a small stream.

Waypoint: CornersCrFalls

mile 512.46 / Water

Large waterfall.

Waypoint: VA650

mile 513.70 / Road

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.

Waypoint: ATRaccoonBrCamp

mile 515.19 / Trail Junction

E 0.2 miles to site of former Raccoon Branch Shelter, now a campsite.

Waypoint: TrimpiShelterTr

mile 517.73 / Trailhead

East 0.1 miles to Trimpi Shelter.

Waypoint: SlabTownRd

mile 518.91 / Road

Slab Town Road, VA 672.

Waypoint: SForkHolsonRiver

mile 519.78 / Bridge

Waypoint: VA670

mile 519.81 / Parking

Waypoint: PughMtnRd

mile 523.60 / Road

Waypoint: AT52248

mile 525.14 / Power line

Waypoint: AT52387

mile 526.52 / Water

Cross a small stream.

Waypoint: PartnershipShelter

mile 527.44 / Shelter

Sleeps 16, privy, no tenting. Sink and shower. Close to Va. 16, pizza delivery available.

Waypoint: VA16

mile 527.62 / Road

Waypoint: NicksCreekRd

mile 528.35 / Road

Waypoint: GladeMtnRd

mile 531.57 / Road

Waypoint: VaughtBr

mile 533.86 / Water

Headwaters of Vaught Branch.

Waypoint: VaughtBrII

mile 534.20 / Water

Cross Vaught Branch.

Waypoint: ChatfieldShelter

mile 534.32 / Shelter

Sleeps 6, tenting. Water source is Vaught Branch.

Waypoint: VaughtBrIII

mile 534.55 / Water

Cross Vaught Branch.

Waypoint: FS86

mile 534.64 / Road

Waypoint: VaughtBrIV

mile 534.73 / Water

Cross Vaught Branch.

Waypoint: VaughtBrV

mile 534.91 / Water

Cross Vaught Branch.