“A little used, multi-use trail to test your skills.”
— Joey Atkins
This is a lightly traveled trail that follows the old route of the AT. It has much to offer with lots of challenges along the way. Expect a lot of ups and downs and log crossings. Probably the best quality of this trail is how much solitude it offers.
It's lightly used today and can easily be lost in places due to infrequent maintenance. The trail starts with a steady climb from the valley floor. After a half-mile, its eases up but continues to climb to the top of the first ridge for one mile.
There, the trail descends along an old logging cut to cross over Slab Town Road. On the other side, it proceeds across a cow pasture before re-entering the forest. The next part of the climb begins, though not as steep as the first segment, to the top of the next ridge. You'll pass though old homesites and along an old stone walled road. Don't worry, it's still singletrack as none of these roads have been used in over 100 years.
At the 1.90-mile mark, the trail enters some old iron ore mine works that were abandoned 120 years ago. At 2.5 miles, the trail descends to its end at the Trempi shelter on the AT. There is a good source of water here that flows year round. Runners can return the way they came, or transfer over to the Appalachian Trail for a nice loop.