TNC §1: Damascus, Virginia, to US-421 (Low Gap, Tennessee)

Tennessee-North Carolina §1 spans 15 miles. Parking is available for six mileposts.

Note: The northernmost 3.7 mi of TNC §1 are in Virginia, between Damascus and the Virginia-Tennessee border.

Mp 0.0/15.0: via N Reynolds Street

Locate: {36.63625, -81.78961}

Orient: Sections VASW §45 and TNC §1 meet at the Damascus Town Hall, near the corner of W Laurel Avenue [US-58, CR-878] and N Reynolds Street. The Town of Damascus provides a hiker lot nearby at the north end of N Reynolds Street, at W Imboden Avenue, 11 mi southeast of I-81 exit 19 in Abingdon. This location is two blocks from the sections' junction.

Park: Room for dozens of cars in large municipal lot on north side of road. Registration at town hall is encouraged for overnight parking.

Connect: Walk south on N Reynolds Avenue for two blocks to AT {36.635253, -81.789919} along W Laurel Avenue; town hall is to right. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Note: Mt Rogers Outfitters nearby advertises safe, long-term parking; fee. It is located on Laurel Avenue and S Shady Avenue, one block southeast of the town hall.

Mp 0.2/14.8: S Beaver Dam Avenue

Locate: {36.63403, -81.79176}

Orient: Between Mp 0.1/14.9 and Mp 0.3/14.7, the AT passes through Damascus Town Park on a gravel path parallel to S Beaver Dam Avenue, where time-limited parking is available.

Park: Room for many cars along the east side of S Beaver Dam Avenue; two-hour limit; restrooms, vending machines, shade/rain shelters.

Mp 0.4/14.6: Wilson Street

Locate: {36.63117, -81.79057}

Orient: The Town of Damascus provides a hiker lot near the intersection of Water Street and Wilson Street, across from the Damascus Public Library. This location is a few steps away from where the AT meets the intersection of Water Street and S Beaver Dam Avenue, adjacent to the south end of Damascus Town Park.

Park: Room for a dozen or two cars in municipal lot on east side of street. Overnight hikers are advised to register at town hall.

Connect: From lot: walk north on Wilson Street to left onto Water Street; continue on Water Street to AT {36.63140, -81.79147} at S Beaver Dam Avenue. For AT northbound, turn right onto gravel path through park along S Beaver Dam Avenue; signed (welcome arch). For AT southbound, continue west on Water Street towards footpath at road's end.

Mp 4.8/10.2: via Backbone Rock Trail

Locate: {36.59372, -81.81507}

Orient: Backbone Rock Trail (USFS #53) connects the AT to TN-133 in Johnson County, TN, 3.6 mi southwest of Laurel Ave [US-58] in Damascus, VA, and 9.6 mi northeast of US-421 in Shady Valley, TN.

Park: Room for many cars in USFS lot on west side of road, just south of short tunnel through Backbone Rock; small fee; water, restrooms, picnic tables. Additional parking for a few cars looks possible along shoulder opposite driveway into lot.

Connect: From back of lot, follow blue-blazed Backbone Rock Trail for 2.3 mi to AT {36.60466, -81.84095}; signed. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Note: Northbound TN-133 becomes S Shady Avenue where the road crosses into Virginia, 1.8 mi north of trailhead lot.

Mp 11.3/3.7: McQueen Gap Road [FR-69]

Locate: {36.57412, -81.91536}

Orient: McQueen Gap Road branches northwest from TN-133 in Shady Valley 3.1 mi northeast of of US-421, TN, and 10.2 mi southwest of Laurel Ave [US-58] in Damascus, VA. From TN-133 {36.547182, -81.896305}: follow McQueen Gap Road for 3.1 mi to pull-of on right.

Park: Room for a couple of cars in pull-off on east side or road, at trail crossing.

Mp 15.0/0.0: US-421

Locate: {36.53883, -81.94829}

Orient: The AT crosses US-421 in Low Gap 2.8 mi northwest of TN-133 in Shady Valley, TN, and 21.3 mi southeast of I-81 at exit 1 in Bristol, VA. The AT crosses along a diagonal of about 75 yd, and parking is available at opposite ends of this diagonal.

Park: Room for a dozen or more cars in pull-off at northeast end of diagonal, on north side of road; concrete-boxed spring. Room for a half dozen cars in pull-off at southwest end of diagonal, on south side of road.

Note: Coordinates above locate northeast pull-off, the larger parking area.