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Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks
Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT from Damascus to the New River for ONLY $1.97! This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along the trail within this section as well as many of the official AT parking areas. Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail! Happy Hiking!
This 166 mile section of the Appalachian Trail features the wild horses of the Grayson Highlands as well as 'the friendliest town on the trail' Damascus on this part of the trail covering Southwestern Virginia. This rugged section of the AT also features Mount Rogers, Virginia's highest mountain at 5729 feet. Mount Rogers routinely receives snow from October to May and the summit can be reached from a 0.5 mile side trail.
For north bound thru hikers you'll be leaving the southern Appalachians as the trail crosses I-81. Damascus, at the start of this section, is a popular stop for thru hikers and many come back for the Appalachian Trail Days, a huge festival usually held every mid-May. There are 550 miles of the AT in Virginia and this section marks the start of the state for north bound hikers.
Memorable places along this section of the Appalachian Trail include Damascus, Virginia Creeper Trail, Straight Mountain, Buzzard Rock, Whitetop Mountain, Mount Rogers, Wilburn Ridge, Grayson Highlands, Stone Mountain, Pine Mountain, Hurricane Mountain, High Point, South Fork Holston River, Brushy Mountain, Locust Mountain, Glade Mountain, Big Walker Mountain, Chestnut Knob Shelter, Kimberling Creek Suspension Bridge, Angels Rest and Pearis Mountain.
Use the links above to explore different sections of the AT in Southwestern Virginia (links under construction).
We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Southwestern Virginia:
Appalachian Trail Guide to Southwest Virginia
Hikes in the Virginias (Exploring the Appalachian Trail)
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