Beginning on VA 601, the ascent on the Appalachian Trail to the Johns Creek Mountain Trail is a steady uphill grade for less than half mile. This is the most difficult section of the trail. At the top of the grade, Johns Creek Mountain Trail veers off to the east. The trail follows the ridge line out to Rt. 658, crossing several peaks and saddles along the way. There are a number of outcroppings and scenic vistas. The mountain is an area of abundant wildlife.
Directions: From Blacksburg, VA, Two trailheads: Western Trailhead: From Blacksburg, take Rt. 460 west to Rt. 42, turn right onto Rt. 42 and proceed 1 mile. Turn left onto Rt. 601 and go 7 miles to the intersection of Rt. 601 and the Appalachian Trail. Eastern Trailhead: From Blacksburg, take Rt. 460 west to Rt. 42, turn right onto Rt. 42 and proceed 9.5 miles to Rt. 658. The trailhead is on Rt. 658 at the crest of the mountain.
Elevation: 3,300 feet
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