Appalachian Trail: Thornton Gap to Gravel Springs Gap

Frequent overlooks, lush landscapes, and three Blue Ridge summits highlight this 14.3-mile section in Shenandoah National Park.
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Frequent overlooks, lush landscapes, and three Blue Ridge summits highlight this 14.3-mile section in Shenandoah National Park.

Shelters: Pass Mountain Hut; sleeps 8. Gravel Springs Hut; sleeps 8.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 23.7

Waypoints

WPT003

Location: 38.758617401123, -78.2509994506836

SD 18.9

WPT002

Location: 38.7656555175781, -78.2339706420898

Blue blaze to shelter

WPT001

Location: 38.7639007568359, -78.2336349487305

Gravel Springs Hut

WPT003

Location: 38.6659507751465, -78.3197631835938

Gravel road. AT turns W

WPT006

Location: 38.6608085632324, -78.3234176635742

US 211

WPT007

Location: 38.659366607666, -78.3224029541016

Thorton Gap parking to the E; trail to panorama

WPT004

Location: 38.7582168579102, -78.2556686401367

Trail to Skyline Dr. and Little Devils Stairs

WPT005

Location: 38.6626014709473, -78.3226470947266

Skyline Drive

WPT006

Location: 38.7589340209961, -78.2619018554688

AT turns W @ jct. with trail to parking. Little Hogback Mtn. Overlook. Skyline Dr.

WPT007

Location: 38.7618827819824, -78.2718353271484

Trail to spring and Skyline Dr.

WPT004

Location: 38.6654510498047, -78.3197631835938

AT turns W

WPT009

Location: 38.762149810791, -78.2770004272461

AT turns E

WPT010

Location: 38.7620010375977, -78.2774505615234

SD 19.7 and hogback overlook

WPT008

Location: 38.7619323730469, -78.2726821899414

Launch site

WPT011

Location: 38.7619171142578, -78.2778167724609

Sugarloaf Trail

WPT012

Location: 38.7610168457031, -78.281867980957

SD 21.2 and parking

WPT013

Location: 38.7587509155273, -78.2850799560547

Views to the ESE

WPT015

Location: 38.7510185241699, -78.290168762207

SD 21.9 and Rattlesnake Overlook

WPT016

Location: 38.749267578125, -78.2919845581055

Piney Branch Trail

WPT017

Location: 38.7478179931641, -78.2945175170898

Gravel road

WPT027

Location: 38.7070007324219, -78.3318023681641

Trail to Skyline Dr. to Neighbor Mtn. parking

WPT019

Location: 38.7439842224121, -78.2975692749024

Gravel road

WPT018

Location: 38.7441673278809, -78.2971496582031

Pass trail to Range View Cabin

WPT020

Location: 38.7386894226074, -78.3074493408203

SD 23.9; Elkwallow Gap and Wayside

WPT021

Location: 38.7394485473633, -78.3074798583984

Elkwallow Trail

WPT025

Location: 38.7217330932617, -78.3241653442383

Thornton River Trail

WPT022

Location: 38.7415008544922, -78.3119964599609

Pass trail to privy; picnic area

WPT005

Location: 38.7595672607422, -78.2610855102539

Views to the W

WPT024

Location: 38.7435836791992, -78.3147354125976

Stream crossing

WPT033

Location: 38.6941986083984, -78.3189697265625

Rocky Branch Trail

WPT034

Location: 38.687198638916, -78.3167190551758

Pass Mtn.

WPT027

Location: 38.7678985595703, -78.2334518432617

SD 17.7; parking

WPT032

Location: 38.6940994262695, -78.3197326660156

SD 28.6; Beahms Gap Overlook

WPT035

Location: 38.6756172180176, -78.3226852416992

Trail to Pass Mountain Hut

WPT036

Location: 38.6766510009766, -78.3188323974609

Pass Mountain Hut

DSCF2164

Location: 38.7594184875488, -78.2611694335938

DSCF2178

Location: 38.7621650695801, -78.2770156860352