Appalachian Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway to US 501

Travel under The Guillotine--a large boulder hanging precariously over the trail--and test your mettle with a ridge climb to Highcock Knob on this 13.7-miler. Watch for seasonal blueberries and box turtles along the trail.
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Travel under The Guillotine--a large boulder hanging precariously over the trail--and test your mettle with a ridge climb to Highcock Knob on this 13.7-miler. Watch for seasonal blueberries and box turtles along the trail.

Shelters: Thunder Hill Shelter; sleep 6. Matts Creek Shelter; sleeps 6.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 22.2

Waypoints

WPT042

Location: 37.5270653, -79.5040359

Trail to shelter and spring

ZZZ053

Location: 37.5245514, -79.505249

Upper Blue Ridge Parkway mile-marker 76.3

WPT041

Location: 37.5251999, -79.5040665

Side trail to the E

WPT043

Location: 37.5273018, -79.5039673

Thunder Hill Shelter

WPT027

Location: 37.5974503, -79.4247513

Campsite

WPT002

Location: 37.5371513, -79.4960175

Hunting Creek Trail

WPT024

Location: 37.5910835, -79.4504318

View of James River

WPT039

Location: 37.5965157, -79.3915482

Bridge

WPT005

Location: 37.5401001, -79.4902496

Parking @ Thunder Ridge Overlook

WPT037

Location: 37.5946007, -79.3898163

AT switchbacks W

ZZZ054

Location: 37.5968513, -79.3913498

US 501; parking

WPT033

Location: 37.601799, -79.4066162

Small pool; good place to take a dip

WPT029

Location: 37.5994492, -79.4135971

AT turns E

WPT020

Location: 37.5774994, -79.4472656

View of the valley

WPT006

Location: 37.5402985, -79.4903641

AT turns W

WPT009

Location: 37.5492516, -79.4751358

Campsite

WPT034

Location: 37.6038322, -79.4015198

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT022

Location: 37.5858994, -79.4551163

AT switchbacks E. Gunter Ridge Trail and Belfast Trail continue straight

WPT025

Location: 37.5901489, -79.4463806

Campsite

WPT023

Location: 37.5910988, -79.4511185

Sulfur Springs Trail to the W

WPT014

Location: 37.5615501, -79.4513168

Campsite

WPT001

Location: 37.5274506, -79.5039978

Thunder Hills Shelter

WPT038

Location: 37.5950165, -79.3906479

Bridge

WPT028

Location: 37.5994987, -79.4136658

AT turns E; switchbacks

WPT032

Location: 37.599884, -79.4114532

Matts Creek Trail turn E

WPT036

Location: 37.6035995, -79.4005356

No camping for 1 mile

WPT018

Location: 37.5704994, -79.4370499

Trail to spring 300 ft. ahead. Big campground at Marble Spring

WPT031

Location: 37.5994987, -79.413269

AT turns W. Matts Creek Shelter

WPT012

Location: 37.557518, -79.4584198

Thunder Ridge Wilderness

WPT010

Location: 37.5527496, -79.4694977

Trail to spring

WPT030

Location: 37.5994987, -79.4134674

Matts Creek

WPT016

Location: 37.5648842, -79.4402008

Campsite

WPT004

Location: 37.5403175, -79.4906158

Viewpoint

WPT035

Location: 37.6037827, -79.4010468

Trail to campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT007

Location: 37.5413322, -79.4884644

Gravel road

WPT011

Location: 37.5528984, -79.4696503

Harrison Grand Spring

WPT040

Location: 37.5965347, -79.3911362

AT goes under railroad tracks

WPT003

Location: 37.5376511, -79.4956665

Lower Blue Ridge Parkway mile-marker 79.4

WPT015

Location: 37.563633, -79.4412003

Highcock Knob

WPT021

Location: 37.5858002, -79.4549484

Campsite

WPT026

Location: 37.5902328, -79.4432831

Campsite at Big Cove Branch

WPT013

Location: 37.558815, -79.4584351

AT crosses FS 35 @ Petites Gap. Parking and kiosk; Blue Ridge Parkway to the E

WPT008

Location: 37.5485649, -79.4768829

View to N

WPT019

Location: 37.5760498, -79.4373169

Sulpher Springs Trail

DSCF5565

Location: 37.5372162, -79.4959183

DSCF5586

Location: 37.5774155, -79.4471664

DSCF5563

Location: 37.5274315, -79.5039825

DSCF5596

Location: 37.5923653, -79.4347992

DSCF5569

Location: 37.5402985, -79.4905014

DSCF5600

Location: 37.6035843, -79.4019012

DSCF5591

Location: 37.5910988, -79.4505463

DSCF5574

Location: 37.5456321, -79.482801