Appalachian Trail: Summit Cut, VA to Dickey Gap

This weeklong hike tours photogenic balds, rhododendron-choked valleys, and grassy hillsides with wild ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park.
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This weeklong hike tours photogenic balds, rhododendron-choked valleys, and grassy hillsides with wild ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park.

Shelters: Thomas Knob Shelter; sleeps 16. Wise Shelter; sleeps 8. Old Orchard Shelter; sleeps 6. Hurricane Mountain Shelter; sleeps 8.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 52.8

Waypoints

WPT043

Location: 36.6514167785644, -81.4815139770508

Tiny spring

WPT028

Location: 36.656867980957, -81.5543518066406

Tiny stream crossing

WPT019

Location: 36.6595497131348, -81.5588684082031

Blue-blazed trail to the E; VA Highlands Horse Trail

WPT008

Location: 36.6318511962891, -81.6018295288086

Cross Whitetop Mtn. Rd./FS 89

WPT004

Location: 36.6743507385254, -81.4908676147461

Tiny stream crossing

WPT005

Location: 36.6345176696777, -81.6201171875

Views to the W

WPT019

Location: 36.6391487121582, -81.5093688964844

Trail to parking; Massie Gap

WPT037

Location: 36.6386184692383, -81.6435699462891

Z-shaped gate turns E

WPT001

Location: 36.6698722839356, -81.4872436523438

AT turns E @ jct. with VA Highlands Horse Trail; gate

WPT025

Location: 36.7072677612305, -81.5154190063476

Ridgetop

WPT022

Location: 36.6448822021484, -81.5039367675781

Tiny stream crossing E for 20 ft.

WPT035

Location: 36.635383605957, -81.6444702148438

AT turns W

WPT016

Location: 36.6491165161133, -81.5159149169922

Straight @ 4-way

WPT031

Location: 36.7186660766602, -81.5085144042969

Stream

WPT013

Location: 36.6784820556641, -81.5130310058594

Wilderness Boundary

WPT036

Location: 36.6571235656738, -81.5361938476562

Trail to campsite on L

WPT015

Location: 36.6828498840332, -81.5107803344726

AT turns W

WPT011

Location: 36.6422157287598, -81.5948638916016

Grassy terrain and birch trees

WPT014

Location: 36.6790161132812, -81.5120468139648

Small spring; big rock

WPT018

Location: 36.6513481140137, -81.577262878418

Register; Lewis Fork Wilderness

WPT037

Location: 36.6552848815918, -81.4984817504883

AT turns E @ Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area

WPT020

Location: 36.6591339111328, -81.5580520629883

No camping within 500 ft.

WPT041

Location: 36.6548652648926, -81.4949188232422

Scales Trail; AT turns W

ZZZ032

Location: 36.7205276489258, -81.4615783691406

Dickey Gap; VA 16; VA 650. Side trip: Turn R and follow VA 35 for hostel and restaurants in Troutdale

WPT030

Location: 36.6512985229492, -81.5013198852539

Small stream crossing

WPT039

Location: 36.6556167602539, -81.4955978393555

Wilson Creek Trail

WPT024

Location: 36.6970176696777, -81.5071487426758

Big bridge over stream

WPT016

Location: 36.646183013916, -81.5830154418945

VA 600; parking; Elk Garden

WPT040

Location: 36.6375007629394, -81.6400527954102

Trail

WPT013

Location: 36.6572494506836, -81.5360641479492

Campsite

WPT028

Location: 36.6484184265137, -81.5038833618164

Gate

WPT006

Location: 36.6544151306152, -81.5281295776367

AT turns E; Grayson Highlands; gate

WPT009

Location: 36.6762008666992, -81.5010147094726

AT turns E @ jct. with trail leading to views; gate

WPT034

Location: 36.6581153869629, -81.5376968383789

Blue-blazed trail leads to Mt. Rogers

WPT044

Location: 36.651798248291, -81.4800338745117

Campsite to the E is a beautiful site exposed on a bald area, but can be easily overused

WPT023

Location: 36.6967010498047, -81.5065155029297

Straight @ 4-way

WPT010

Location: 36.6763343811035, -81.5011520385742

AT straight @ jct. with blue-blazed Pine Mtn. Trail; Pine Mtn.

WPT024

Location: 36.6593818664551, -81.5553512573242

Small stream crossing

WPT015

Location: 36.6521148681641, -81.5166473388672

Views to the E

WPT020

Location: 36.6951332092285, -81.5062866210938

Stream; bridge crossing

WPT030

Location: 36.7173156738281, -81.5145034790039

AT switchbacks E @ jct. with Hurricane Creek Trail

WPT008

Location: 36.6771507263184, -81.5

AT turns E; gate

WPT029

Location: 36.7142333984375, -81.5101852416992

Trail to Hurricane Shelter

WPT018

Location: 36.6423988342285, -81.5159530639648

VA Highlands Trail; Rhododendron Trail; AT turns E; Grayson Highlands boundary

WPT036

Location: 36.7166328430176, -81.4918518066406

Stream

WPT012

Location: 36.6396331787109, -81.5869522094726

Tiny stream crossing

WPT017

Location: 36.6484680175781, -81.5789489746094

Bench W

WPT006

Location: 36.6354179382324, -81.6168670654297

Buzzard Rock; 360-degree views

WPT016

Location: 36.6832504272461, -81.5110321044922

Old Orchard Shelter

WPT027

Location: 36.6512489318848, -81.5476150512695

AT turns W @ jct. with blue-blazed trail to Horse Trail; views of Grayson Highlands SP to the SE

WPT041

Location: 36.7143173217773, -81.4740829467774

Cross Comers Creek on bridge

WPT038

Location: 36.6372680664062, -81.6430358886719

Views to the SW; field; cows

WPT033

Location: 36.6567001342773, -81.539436340332

View of the rocks behind Thomas Knob Shelter and Grayson Highlands SP

WPT039

Location: 36.6372489929199, -81.6404495239258

VA 601; Beech Mtn. Rd (gravel); parking

WPT005

Location: 36.6749649047852, -81.4911193847656

Good campsite to the W

WPT036

Location: 36.6551666259766, -81.4983978271484

Bridge crossing; water; falls

WPT035

Location: 36.6550178527832, -81.4980697631836

Stile

WPT010

Location: 36.6576995849609, -81.5222702026367

AT veers W

WPT002

Location: 36.6394157409668, -81.638801574707

AT. Turn E to reach campsite

WPT032

Location: 36.6549835205078, -81.5412368774414

Stream

WPT015

Location: 36.646484375, -81.5837173461914

Campsite

WPT044

Location: 36.701301574707, -81.4424667358398

Baptist Church Hostel

WPT045

Location: 36.6554336547852, -81.4794998168945

Bearpen trail; Little Wilson Creek Wilderness boundary

WPT046

Location: 36.6563148498535, -81.4794464111328

Gate; Field

WPT020

Location: 36.6413497924805, -81.5057144165039

Rocks

WPT038

Location: 36.6557502746582, -81.4974670410156

Small stream crossing

WPT031

Location: 36.6539840698242, -81.4985198974609

Wise Shelter

WPT040

Location: 36.7186317443848, -81.4810638427734

Small stream crossing

WPT038

Location: 36.7195167541504, -81.4819183349609

AT turns E @ jct. with trail to Hurricane Campground

WPT002

Location: 36.7040176391602, -81.4447860717774

Troutdale; Jerry's Kitchen

WPT014

Location: 36.6526260375977, -81.5168380737305

AT passes through a cave. Note: This is easy to miss since there is a trail around cave

WPT002

Location: 36.673282623291, -81.4889984130859

Gate

WPT050

Location: 36.6696968078613, -81.4862213134766

Gate

WPT039

Location: 36.7148323059082, -81.4755172729492

Blue-blazed Comers Creek Falls Trail

WPT042

Location: 36.6544151306152, -81.4935836791992

Little Wilson Creek Wilderness; register; gate

WPT009

Location: 36.657901763916, -81.5223159790039

AT turns E @ jct. with Crest Trail

WPT013

Location: 36.6531181335449, -81.5177536010742

AT turns W

WPT037

Location: 36.718334197998, -81.4859313964844

Small stream crossing

WPT008

Location: 36.6578674316406, -81.5226516723633

Blue-blazed Pine Mtn.Trail leads to rock views; Lewis Fork Wilderness

WPT035

Location: 36.6573333740234, -81.5366363525391

Lewis Fork Wilderness

WPT003

Location: 36.6736679077148, -81.4896697998047

Campsite to the E

WPT022

Location: 36.6589164733887, -81.5572204589844

Deep Gap. Blue-blazed trail to E

WPT047

Location: 36.6620826721191, -81.4807968139648

Stone Mtn. (4,800 ft.)

WPT033

Location: 36.654468536377, -81.4980163574219

Straight @ 4-way

WPT022

Location: 36.6965675354004, -81.5064315795898

VA 603 and Fox Creek

WPT032

Location: 36.7192153930664, -81.5039367675781

Stream

WPT027

Location: 36.7128829956055, -81.5130004882812

AT switchbacks

WPT029

Location: 36.6487998962402, -81.5034484863281

AT turns E

WPT011

Location: 36.6556015014648, -81.5206298828125

Rocky bluff

WPT025

Location: 36.6467819213867, -81.5056838989258

Small streams

WPT017

Location: 36.6426315307617, -81.5159683227539

Pass register @ trail jct.; campsite; continue N

WPT012

Location: 36.6530685424805, -81.5177001953125

Jct. with blue-blazed Wilburn Ridge Trail (rejoins AT in 1 mi.)

WPT031

Location: 36.638599395752, -81.6481018066406

Campsite to the W

WPT004

Location: 36.6564331054688, -81.5348815917969

Z-shaped gate turns E

WPT004

Location: 36.6343154907227, -81.6205139160156

Bald

WPT007

Location: 36.676700592041, -81.4925689697266

Tiny stream crossing

WPT021

Location: 36.6431655883789, -81.5007019042969

AT veers W @ jct. with blue-blazed spur

WPT034

Location: 36.65478515625, -81.4978637695312

AT turns W

WPT009

Location: 36.6330337524414, -81.6017684936524

Campsite

WPT012

Location: 36.6778984069824, -81.5088348388672

AT dips briefly into Lewis Fork Wilderness again

WPT032

Location: 36.6541481018066, -81.4985809326172

AT

WPT040

Location: 36.6556510925293, -81.4954681396484

Bridge crossing; water

WPT038

Location: 36.6353988647461, -81.613166809082

Terrain changes from bald to woods

WPT034

Location: 36.6375999450684, -81.6468963623047

Small stream crossing

WPT007

Location: 36.6320152282715, -81.6039962768555

Spring

WPT019

Location: 36.6917991638184, -81.506950378418

Lewis Fork Wilderness

WPT037

Location: 36.6566162109375, -81.5352630615234

Thomas Knob Shelter: A beautiful two-story shelter surrounded by wild ponies that, at times, climb over boundary fences and wander around the shelter. Water source behind shelter in horse area is questionable (even though fenced in). A beautiful view of the sunset can also be seen from behind shelter

WPT005

Location: 36.6544494628906, -81.5316696166992

AT continues straight

WPT023

Location: 36.6590156555176, -81.556266784668

No camping

WPT051

Location: 36.6698036193848, -81.4868850708008

The Scales: Campground with privy. Horse trailers park here to start their journey. Lovely field for camping, but no water; seasonal caretaker

WPT007

Location: 36.6553001403809, -81.5260009765625

Campsite

WPT042

Location: 36.7177848815918, -81.4669342041016

Bridge crossing

WPT028

Location: 36.7130012512207, -81.5122528076172

Tentsite for Hurricane Shelter

WPT033

Location: 36.6381149291992, -81.647331237793

Unofficial campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT001

Location: 36.6401481628418, -81.6489181518555

US 58; Summit Cut, VA; stream

WPT023

Location: 36.6450653076172, -81.5059661865234

Quebec Branch

WPT011

Location: 36.6787338256836, -81.5053024291992

Small spring; AT turns W

WPT006

Location: 36.6758155822754, -81.4919204711914

Tiny spring

WPT026

Location: 36.7087821960449, -81.5185852050781

Iron Mtn. Trail; yellow blazes

WPT024

Location: 36.6451988220215, -81.5061340332031

Walk through gate

WPT026

Location: 36.6594505310059, -81.5547332763672

AT switchbacks; blue-blazed trail to the W; Mt. Rogers Trail

WPT021

Location: 36.659065246582, -81.5579986572266

Blue-blazed trail to the E

WPT033

Location: 36.716983795166, -81.5

Telephone line

WPT014

Location: 36.6451148986816, -81.5850524902344

Spring

WPT049

Location: 36.6695327758789, -81.486701965332

Campsite and privy

WPT021

Location: 36.6956481933594, -81.5061492919922

Campsite and picnic table

WPT041

Location: 36.6391334533691, -81.6382675170898

Campsite

WPT003

Location: 36.6394996643066, -81.6356964111328

Small stream crossing

WPT001

Location: 36.6572494506836, -81.5360641479492

Campsite

WPT026

Location: 36.6470489501953, -81.5054321289062

Small stream crossing

Grassy Field

Location: 36.6376342773438, -81.6432189941406

Expansive Views

Location: 36.6344985961914, -81.6199340820312

Forest

Location: 36.6372680664062, -81.5991134643555

Birch Forest

Location: 36.6423835754394, -81.594352722168

Cow

Location: 36.6462821960449, -81.5825653076172

Trail Sign

Location: 36.6589317321777, -81.5570831298828

Meadow

Location: 36.6512489318848, -81.5476150512695

Rolling Hills

Location: 36.6511993408203, -81.5474319458008

Grassy Trail

Location: 36.6571006774902, -81.5360336303711

Trail Sign

Location: 36.6544990539551, -81.5272979736328

Views

Location: 36.6557006835938, -81.5206832885742

Rocky Trail

Location: 36.6526336669922, -81.5168991088867

Rocky Passage

Location: 36.6526184082031, -81.5171813964844

Rocky Passage

Location: 36.6526184082031, -81.5171813964844

Trail Register

Location: 36.6425666809082, -81.5159530639648

Wood Footbridge

Location: 36.6450843811035, -81.5061492919922

Trail Blaze

Location: 36.645149230957, -81.5059814453125

Cascading Creek

Location: 36.6551513671875, -81.4982986450195

Trail Sign

Location: 36.654914855957, -81.4945983886719

Dusk

Location: 36.6546516418457, -81.4939346313476

Pastoral Views

Location: 36.6563491821289, -81.4794311523438

Open Views

Location: 36.6576499938965, -81.4806671142578

Sunset

Location: 36.6621017456055, -81.4808197021484

Fields

Location: 36.6699829101562, -81.4873657226562

Trail Sign

Location: 36.6966667175293, -81.5065002441406

Stairs

Location: 36.6969184875488, -81.5068664550781

Cascading Creek

Location: 36.7143325805664, -81.4740829467774

Baptist Church Hostel

Location: 36.701301574707, -81.442253112793

Horseshoe Toss

Location: 36.7012329101562, -81.4419097900391

A rock cave on Pine Mountain

Location: 36.6526184082031, -81.5171813964844

Views overlooking Grayson Highlands State Park

Location: 36.6574974060059, -81.4806137084961