GET Guidebook 4a

Edition 1/25/2013

 

Section 4a
CARR MOUNTAIN - GERMAN RIVER
VA 259 near Bergton to Field on Little Dry River Road
19.7 miles (14.0 miles road walk, 1.4 miles paved)

Walking along German River Road

 


Some Local History


Bergton: Name means mountain town; berg in German means mountain; ton in English town.  Earlier name West Gap, for man named West.  Community objected to name, so became Dovesville; many persons having name Dove in area.  Government found name confused with Covesville in handling mail, so from list of names, people of community chose Bergton. 


Points of Interest


Blue Hole - a deep point on North Fork Shenandoah River, developed with parking, picnic tables, and pit toilets.  A popular local swimming spot. 


Note: FDR 87 is called "Little Dry River Road" by Rockingham County, as a continuation of VA 818 (this is what the road sign calls it) while the Forest Service calls it "Fort Seybert Road.  FDR 1117 is called "Old Mans Run Road" by the Forest Service while it is signed "Toms Park Road" at its intersection with VA 818.  FDR 302 is called "Grove Hollow Road" by the Forest Service while it is signed "Blue Hole Road" at its intersections. 


Parking

 1. Commuter Parking off VA 820 beside intersection with VA 259, 19.7 miles west of I-81 Exit 257. 
 2. Blue Hole parking, 1.6 mile from Commuter Parking 1.4 miles on VA 820, then left on Blue Hole Road.
 3. At gate along Blue Hole Road, 1.7 mile past Blue Hole. 
 4. South end of section, take VA 259 13.0 miles west of I-81 Exit 257, left on VA 818, go 12.0 miles (pavement ends in 7.3 miles) to sizable field with campsites.  Room to park mostly on right.   


Shuttle
North to south:  Take VA 259 "east" 6.2 miles to Link Road and fork right and go 0.1 mile.  Turn right on Little Dry River Road (VA 818) and go 11.6 miles (pavement ends after 7 miles) to field. 
 South to north:  Take Little Dry River Road (FDR 87, then VA 818) east and go 11.6 miles to Link Road, turn left and go 0.1 mile.  Keep left on VA 259 west and go 6.2 miles to VA 820. 


Maps
USGS 7.5 minute Quadrangles:  Bergton, WV/VA; Fulks Run, VA; Cow Knob, WV/VA
National Geographic Map 792 - Massanutten & Great North Mtn and Map 791 – Staunton Shenandoah Mtn.


Services
  Bergton Grocery: open M-Sa 6am to 8 pm, Su 12:00n – 5 pm. 
  Blue Hole: picnic tables, pit toilets, trash pickup. 


Multi-use - Horses and mountain bikes are allowed.   There is adequate room for turning with a horse trailer at the Commuter parking, at the Blue Hole Road gate, and at the field at the end of this section. 

 


Trail Description, North to South


Miles   Data
 0.0 Intersection of VA 259 and VA 820.  Commuter parking off VA 820.  Great Eastern Trail follows paved VA 820 away from VA 259 toward Bergton.  Use caution as there are road cuts in the rock on the right and guard rail against dropoff close to the road on left.
 1.4 Bridge over North Fork Shenandoah River, immediately followed by intersection with FDR 302 (Blue Hole Road/Grove Hollow Road) to left.  Turn left on FDR 302.  (Ahead 0.75 mile is Bergton Grocery, see "Services" above.)
 1.6 Blue Hole on left.  Parking and picnic tables on left with pit toilets and trash containers on right.  Continue on Blue Hole/Grove Hollow Road. 
 2.7 Hunter Access road for Permanently Disabled to right.  Continue ahead. 
 3.3 End of public access; parking and room for turnaround, followed by gate.  Continue past gate.  (This gate is open during the month of August.) 
 7.1 Gated FDR 302B to left. 
 8.0 Gated FDR 302E to right. 
 9.7 End of FDR 302 below White Grass Knob; room for turnaround and parking.  GET continues ahead on yellow-blazed Carr Mountain Trail.
 9.7 - 15.6 Carr Mountain Trail is in process of being built.  The route has been blazed or flagged and can be followed, and much of the tread has been cut; some has not, as of 2012, but much of the trail goes on ridge crests, not requiring cut tread.  The final part of the trail passes under a power line and then descends to German River Road (FDR 232). 
 10.5 Trail reaches crest of Cabin Ridge and continues to right on top of ridge. 
 10.8 Trail leaves Cabin Ridge, and continues on left side of ridge of Beech Lick Knob. 
 11.5 Trail reaches crest of ridge of Beech Lick Knob, continue to left. 
 12.2 Pass Beech Lick Knob summit (elev. 3300'), on right. 
 12.3 Pass (usually) dry pond on left. 
 12.6 Gap between Beech Lick Knob and Carr Mountain. 
 13.4 Pass Carr Mountain summit (elev. 3104'), on right.  Trail elevation stays below 3020'). 
 13.7 Trail leaves ridge crest and descends to right. 
 14.0 Gap between knobs of Carr Mountain. 
 14.6 Trail leaves ridge crest keeping right of private land. 
 15.3 Pass under power line. 
 15.6 Carr Mountain Trail ends on German River Road (FDR 232).  Keep left and follow German River Road (one lane dirt road) uphill. 
 15.7 An interesting small gulch cut into the rock is to left. 
 16.2 After a drop to cross a tributary to German River, reach intersection with FDR 1117 (Old Mans Run Road/Toms Park Road, no signs present).  Continue on German River Road, which makes a sharp right turn here. 
 16.6 Road crosses German River, with campsites on right both before and after crossing.  After crossing, there are two roads to the right, the second is FDR 232B (Camp Rader Run Road, no signs present).  Keep to left and follow German River Road, which has more plant growth than exposed ground. 
 17.5 Rock outcrops on right of road. 
 18.8 Cross head of German River, just below Sand Spring.  A side lane to right just after crossing. 
 19.3 Intersection with Fulk Mountain Road, ahead ; German River Road goes to right, downhill; follow it. 
 19.4 German River Road ends on gravel Little Dry River Road/Fort Seybert Road (FDR 87), with no indicating signs.  GET route goes right, uphill. 
 19.7 Road goes through large field on both sides with views east and west.  Room for parking, and area is suitable for camping with fire rings in places.   South end of section.  GET continues ahead  along Little Dry River/Fort Seybert Road. 
 
 
Trail Description, South to North


Miles   Data
 0.0 North end of section.  Road passes through field with views east (to right) and west (from top of hill).  Room for parking, and area is suitable for camping with fire rings in places.   Great Eastern Trail follows Little Dry River Road/Fort Seybert Road (FDR 87) downhill, to east. 
 0.3 Intersection with FDR 232 (German River Road) which goes to left.  GET goes left here, uphill. 
 0.4 Road comes to a "T" with Fulk Mountain Road to right, and German River Road to left.  Keep left and start downhill. 
 0.5 Keep right where a driveway forks to left. 
 0.9 Keep right where a spur goes left, then cross head of German River (main stream forming the North Fork of Shenandoah River, at Bergton, near end of section).  For next 2.8 miles, road goes down left side of hollow beside German River. 
 2.2 Rock outcrops on left. 
 3.1 FDR 232B (Camp Rader Run Road, no identifying signs present) forks left, while German River Road forks right and crosses German River, just after another road goes to left.  Here and across German River there are camping places on left. 
 3.5 Intersection with FDR 1117 (Old Mans Run Road/Toms Park Road), no identifying signs present), which goes straight ahead; continue on German River Road which makes a sharp left turn.  Shortly after this, German River Road drops to cross a tributary creek, then climbs up before continuing the general descent. 
 4.0 An interesting small gulch is to the right. 
 4.1 Carr Mountain Trail, with yellow blazes, leads right uphill.  GET turns right here. 
 4.1 - 10.0 Carr Mountain Trail is in process of being built.  The route has been blazed or flagged and can be followed, and much of the tread has been cut; some has not, as of 2012, but much of the trail goes on ridge crests, not requiring cut tread.  This trail ends at the terminus of FDR 302 (Grove Hollow/Blue Hole Road). 
 4.3 Trail leaves woods road to left. 
 4.4 Pass under power line.
 5.1 Reach crest of ridge of Carr Mountain. 
 5.7 Gap between knobs of Carr Mountain. 
 6.0 Reach a flat ridge crest. 
 6.3 Pass Carr Mountain summit (elev. 3104') to left. 
 7.1  Gap between Carr Mountain and Beech Lick Knob, elev. 2850'.  
 7.4 Pass (usually) dry pond on right. 
 7.5 Pass Beech Lick Knob summit (elev. 3280') to left. 
 8.2 Leave ridge crest, descending to right. 
 8.9 Trail starts to follow crest of Cabin Ridge. 
 9.2 Trail leaves crest of Cabin Ridge, descending to left. 
 10.0 End of Carr Mountain Trail at the terminus of FDR 302 below White Grass Knob.  Continue on FDR 302 (Grove Hollow/Blue Hole Road). 
 11.9 Gated FDR 302E to left. 
 12.6 Gated FDR 302B to right. 
 16.4 Reach gate which is followed by place for parking and room for turnaround.  Continue past gate.  (This gate is open during the month of August.) 
 17.0 Hunter Access road for Permanently Disabled to left.  Continue ahead. 
 18.1 Blue Hole on right.  Parking and picnic tables on right with pit toilets and trash containers on left.  Continue on Blue Hole Road. 
 18.3 Blue Hole Road ends on paved VA 820.  (To left 0.75 mile is Bergton Grocery, see "Services" above.)  Turn right and cross bridge over North Fork Shenandoah River.  Use caution as there are road cuts in the rock on the left and guard rail against dropoff close to the road on right.  In 2010, construction along this road is widening the roadway, which should result in faster speeds, but also wider shoulders. 
 19.7 Intersection of VA 259 and VA 820.  Commuter parking off VA 820 on left.  End of this section.  GET continues to left along VA 259. 


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