VASW §44: Elk Garden (VA-600) to Summit Cut (US-58)

Southwest Virginia §44 spans 6.9 miles. Parking is available for four mileposts.

Mp 0.0/6.9: VA-600 [Whitetop Road]

Locate: {36.64619, -81.58298}

Orient: The AT crosses VA-600 in Elk Garden 16.5 mi southeast of I-81 exit 35 in Chilhowie and 2.9 mi north of US-58 [Highlands Parkway] in Whitetop.

Park: Room for a couple dozen cars at crossing in lot on west side of road and along shoulder on east side of road; signed; privy, kiosk.

Mp 2.5/4.4: FR-89 [Mud Creek Lane]

Locate: {36.63176, -81.60124}

Orient: The AT crosses gravel FR-89 in Whitetop. FR-89 branches northwest from VA-600 [Whitetop Road] 6.5 mi southeast of Konnarock Road in Troutdale and 1.6 mi north of of US-58 [Highlands Parkway] in Whitetop; see Mp 0.0/6.9, above. From VA-600: follow FR-89 for 1.9 mi to lot on right side of road.

Park: Spacious lot on north side of road about 60 yd east of AT crossing.

Mp 5.7/1.2: VA-601 [Beech Mountain Road]

Locate: {36.63729, -81.64038}

Orient: The AT crosses gravel VA-601 in Damascus 1.1 mi southeast of US-58 [JEB Stuart Highway] at the north terminus of VA-601 and 1.2 miles northeast of US-58 at the south terminus of VA-601. The north terminus of VA-601 is 1.3 mi southeast of where US-58 meets Konnarock Road and makes a right-angle turn; see Mp 6.9/0.0, below. From the junction of US-58 and Konnarock Road: follow US-58 E south for 1.3 mi to left onto VA-601; continue on VA-601 for 1.2 mi to lot on left.

Park: Room for a half dozen cars in lot on east side of road.

Mp 6.9/0.0: US-58 [JEB Stuart Highway]

Locate: {36.64011, -81.64861}

Orient: The AT crosses US-58 near Summit Cut 2.4 mi southeast of where US-58 meets Konnarock Road and makes a right-angle turn; US-58 W goes west, US-58 E goes south. This intersection is 11 mi northeast of Damascus Town Hall (the junction of §45 and TNC §1) via US-58 [Douglas Drive becoming JEB Stuart Highway] and 2.7 mi southwest of Whitetop Road in Troutdale via Konnarock Road.

Park: Room for 3 cars in pull-off on east side of road at crossing.