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AT: Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club

Intermediate

Trail

90.7 mile 145.9 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 19,702' 6,005 m
Descent: -21,162' -6,450 m
High: 4,198' 1,279 m
Low: 670' 204 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by John Phillips

The 90-mile section of the Appalachian Trail from Blackhorse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Tye River.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The trail is open year-round, but access to the Blue Ridge Parkway may be closed during the winter due to snow or icey road conditions.

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Description

This section of the Appalachian Trail follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, climbing over Apple Orchard Mountain, descending to cross the James River and then climbing again to the Priest. It passes through three wilderness areas: Thunder Ridge, James River Face, and the Priest.

Thinking of the full 90 miles as a single outing is for the long-distance, thru-hikers and section hikers who are seeking to cover many long, continuous portions of the Appalachian Trail. For day users, concider this list of manageable day trips that lead to some spectacular places:

Flora & Fauna

Best wildflower viewing is in early to mid April.

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