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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.

Trip Tools

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

To Trailhead

Start: From Big Island VA, head NW on US 501 for 1.4 miles and turn left on the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Go 12.3 miles to trail crossing (mp. 76.3). End: From Glasgow, VA, head SE on US 501 for 6.1 miles to trail parking (before Hercules Rd.).

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