Beginning on VA 601, the ascent on the Appalachian Trail to the Johns Creek Mountain Trail is a steady uphill grade for less than half mile. This is the most difficult section of the trail. At the top of the grade, Johns Creek Mountain Trail veers off to the east. The trail follows the ridge line out to VA 658, crossing several peaks and saddles along the way. There are a number of outcroppings and scenic vistas. The mountain is an area of abundant wildlife.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
Western Trailhead: From Blacksburg, take VA 460 west to VA 42, turn right onto VA 42 and proceed 1 mile. Turn left onto VA 601 and go 7 miles to the intersection of VA 601 and the Appalachian Trail. Total travel distance: 15.5 miles.
Eastern Trailhead: From Blacksburg, take VA 460 west to VA 42, turn right onto VA 42 and proceed 9.5 miles to VA 658. The trailhead is on VA 658 at the crest of the mountain. Total travel distance: 16 miles.
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