Appalachian Trail: Petites Gap to James River is a 10.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Big Island, Virginia. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
A scenic, winding portion of the AT. Nice views from the mountain ridges. Trail trends in descent from west to east after first half along the ridge is complete...so then would recommend a west to east route if wishing to avoid extended climbs. An AT hut is about a mile from the river/bridge. The Foot bridge is also a nice place to stop for views.