Great Eastern Trail Guidebook

Great Eastern Trail Guidebook

Hancock, MD to I-64



Book available at PATC:


page 18: 

The distance from Gerhard Shelter to Pinnacle Shelter is 17.3, not 21.3 miles.  

page 37: 

The Green Valley General Store & Restaurant has permanently closed.  
Green Valley Clinic has also closed. 
A new Convenience Store/Gas station has opened on VA 259 just 0.1 mile from VA 820 - Capon Run Market.  

page 48:

Fourth line from bottom: It is 0.7 mile, not 4.3 miles on VA 259 between VA 818 and VA 612.  

page 49:

Second line:it is 0.7 mile, not 4.3 miles on VA 259 between VA 612 and VA 818.  



The Great Eastern Trail follows the Tuscarora Trail from Hancock, Maryland to just south of Waites Run Road on Mill Mountain.  From there it follows trails continuing south on North Mountain along the Virginia/West Virginia state line for 25 miles, and then heads west over to Shenandoah Mountain, and follows that south for about 60 miles, then it heads west to meet the Allegheny Trail near Lake Sherwood.  From there it follows the Allegheny Trail south to I-64. 

I have divided this into 7 sections divided by major roads, and each section is divided into subsections between access points that can be used for day hikes. 

Since the Guide has been published as a book, I'm limiting what is posted at this site.  Condition reports are to stay (although they are rather out of date--I'll update as I can), but the guides will have the basic info without the trail description.  Sections 1 & 2 are not in the GET Guidebook, and will remain and be updated.  



Section 1 :             Hancock, MD (I-70, US 40) to Gore, VA (US 50)        50.5 miles

                              (Tuscarora Trail)



        Section 1a:            Hancock, MD to WV 9 (9.6 miles)                 Guide           Condition report     


        Section 1b:            WV 9 to Lower Campground  (10.7 miles)   Guide           Condition report


        Section 1c:            Lower Campground to 
                                        Hampshire Grade Road (7.5 miles)              Guide           Condition report


        Section 1d:            Hampshire Grade Rd to Siler, VA                 Guide           Condition report

                                         (12.4 miles)


        Section 1e:            Siler, VA to US 50 (11.1 miles)                        Guide           Condition report



Section 2 :            Gore, VA (US 50) to US 48 & VA/WV 55                       28.2 miles
                             (Tuscarora Trail)




        Section 2a:            US 50 to Back Creek Road  (13.6 miles)      Guide           Condition report


        Section 2b:            Back Creek Road to 
                                        Capon Springs Road (7.2 miles)                  
Guide           Condition report


        Section 2c:            Capon Springs Road to 
                                        US 48 & VA/WV 55 (7.4 miles)                   
Guide           Condition report



Section 3 :            US 48 & VA/WV 55 to VA 259 near Bergton, VA       42.6 miles
                             (Tuscarora Trail and North Mountain trails)



        Section 3a:            US 48, VA/WV 55 to 
                                         Waites Run Road  (8.9 miles)                       
Guide           Condition report


        Section 3b:           Waites Run Road to 
                                        Wolf Gap (9.9 miles)                                       
Guide           Condition report


        Section 3c:            Wolf Gap to CR 59 (5.9 miles)                        Guide           Condition report


        Section 3d:            CR 59 to Dominion Towers  (6.4 miles)         Guide           Condition report


        Section 3e:            Dominion Towers to 
                                        Hunkerson Gap  (7.8 miles)                           
Guide           Condition report


        Section 3f:            Hunkerson Gap to VA 259 & VA 826            Guide           Condition report

                                        (5.7 miles)



Section 4 :            VA 259 near Bergton to US 33                                           29.6 miles



        Section 4a:            VA 259 to Little Dry River Road                   Guide           Condition report
                                        (19.3 miles)


        Section 4b:            Little Dry River Road to US 33                      Guide           Condition report

                                        (10.3 miles)



Section 5 :            US 33 to US 250                                                                30.0 miles
                             (Shenandoah Mountain)




        Section 5a:            US 33 to Briery Branch Gap  (10.0 miles)     Guide           Condition report


        Section 5b:            Briery Branch Gap to FR 95  (9.8 miles)       Guide           Condition report


        Section 5c:            FR 95 to US 250   (10.2 miles)                         Guide           Condition report



Section 6 :            US 250 to US 220                                                              41.3 miles
                             (Shenandoah Mountain, ridges west)



        Section 6a:            US 250 to Benson Run Road  (7.5 miles)          Guide           Condition report


        Section 6b:            Benson Run Road to VA 627  (15.5 miles)       Guide           Condition report


        Section 6c:            VA 627 to Cowpasture River on VA 678 
                                         (2.6 miles)                                                          
Guide           Condition report


        Section 6d:            Cowpasture River on VA 678 to                       Guide           Condition report
                                        FR 1325 (7.8


        Section 6e:            VA 609/FR 1325 to US 220  (7.9 miles)             Guide           Condition report



Section 7 :            US 220 to White Sulphur Springs, WV                              60.2 miles

        Section 7a:            US 220 to VA 600   (12.8 miles)                       Guide           Condition report


        Section 7b:             VA 600 & VA 39  (7.9 miles)                          Guide           Condition report


        Section 7c:              VA 600 to Lake Sherwood (9.2 miles)           Guide           Condition report


        Section 7d:             Lake Sherwood to CR 14 (10.7 miles)           Guide           Condition report


        Section 7e:            CR 14 to Slash Lick Road (14.0 miles)         Guide           Condition report

        Section 7f:             Slash Lick Road to I-64 (5.6 miles)               Guide           Condition report




A Brief Guide to GET from White Sulphur Springs, WV to Pearisburg, VA



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