Appalachian Trail: Petites Gap to James River

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Petites Gap to James River is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Big Island, Virginia that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.4 miles
1368 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash






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5 months ago

Good solid hike with some nice views. First time on the AT so that was very cool. We started at the Thunder Ridge Wilderness area and finished at the James River. Like 16.9 miles. If you have never had the opportunity to hit any sections of the AT I would highly recommend it. We met a couple from Denmark and a cook from Switzerland. Very cool hearing their stories. Also enjoyed how the folks at the camping areas help each other...We were being offered mac and cheese and hadn't even put our gear down. Lol.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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 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.

Sunday, July 05, 2015