Updated on Apr 24, 2019
Due to unexpected family circumstances, I will have to find another time to do this trip. ((( I promise we'll get it done before we all turn 90 ))) I apologize for any inconveniences. The date is to be determined.
About the Trail:
The Triple Crown of Virginia is a 32-35 mile loop (or approximately 20 Miles point-to- point) that connects three of the highest and most spectacular points in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains & the Appalachian trail.
Dragon Tooth Mile: 700.1 Elevation: 2841 Feet
McAfee Knob Mile: 712.0 Elevation: 3117 feet
Tinker Cliffs Mile: 717.1 Elevation: 2953 feet
The trek will start at the Dragon Tooth trail-head parking lot (2.5 + 0.8 miles) then to McAfee Knob (7.5 miles), then Tinker Cliffs (5.5 miles).
The loop option turn off the Appalachian trail at Scorched Earth Gap Mile 718.0 via the Andy Layne Trail (Yellow Blazed) to the Andy Layne trailhead where the Catawba Valley/ North mountain trail begins (15.5 miles & 2000 altitude gain)
North Mountain Trail have a primitive campsite 5.3 miles from the northern end. Water sources are seasonal and unreliable.
Trailhead meeting time, day by day plan, and other details will be posted at a later date.
There are several Shelters, back-country camping sites, and a hostel or two along the trail.
Campsite Mile 701.0 Appalachian Trail North Bound (NOBO)
Four Pines Hostel Mile 702.3 AT NOBO (Great place for the group to meet/arrive to after a long day of driving)
John Spring Shelter & campsite Mile 709.3 AT NOBO
Catawba Mountain Shelter & campsite Mile 710.3 AT NOBO
Pig Farm campsite Mile 712.6 AT NOBO
Campbell Shelter & campsite Mile 712.7 AT NOBO
Lamberts Meadow Trail Shelter 718.7 AT NOBO
There is a group size limit restrictions, so this trip will have to be capped at 10 people, however; Please feel free to join the waiting list as some people might drop out.
From Louisville 7 hours
From Indianapolis 8 hours
From Nashville 7 hours
Carpooling can be arranged in the comments section.
Please note that the attached photos were taken by me in the winter time 1 year ago. Views might look more spectacular in the spring.
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