Appalachian Trail Hike into Damascus

Full Day Hike

DATE: Jun 22, 2021
END DATE: Jun 22, 2021

Hike/Event Location: Damascus VA

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Jacksonville, FL United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 8

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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This will be a 7.6 mile north to south hike on th Appalachian Trail that will have Damascus, Virginia as its end point. The hike will be a one-way hike and will require an auto shuttle.


The hike will begin at Taylors Valley Trail at an elevation of about 2800 feet. The hike will begin with a decent to Straight Branch Creek ( Hwy US 58) which has an elevation of 2300 feet. The trail will run parallel to the Virginia Creeper Trail (bike trail) on the decent. 

From Straight Branch Creek we will ascend to about 3100 feet and Cuckoo Knob. After reaching Cuckoo Knob we shall begin a steep decent of about 3 miles down to 2000 feet and US 58 and Damascus , our end point. 


Plan on spending 5 hours on the trail for this hike.

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

We shall meet at the Damascus Diner in Damascus. The address for the diner is 109 Shady Avenue, zip code 24236. The telephone number for the diner is (276) 475-5454.


We will be leaving the diner at 9:00 AM sharp for the trailheads. Please plan on arriving earlier. The diner will open at 8:00 AM for those wishing to have breakfast there.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Jacksonville, FL

United States
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