GET Guidebook 5b

Edition 8/12/2018

Section 5b
Briery Branch Gap to North River Road
9.8 miles (5.7 miles road walk, 2.0 miles paved)

View south from Reddish Knob along Shenandoah Mountain



 1.  North end of section: along side of intersection of VA 924, CR 25, and FDR 85 (no signs identify these roads here).  Follow VA 257 west from I-81 Exit 240, after 24 miles, it becomes VA 924, follow 7 more miles to state line, where intersection is. 
 2.  Summit of Reddish Knob, 2.4 mile south of Briery Branch Gap on FDR 85, 0.35 mile off GET route. 
 3.  Heiliger Kanzel Overlook, 2.3 miles south of Briery Branch Gap on FDR 85 on right. 
 4.  Upper trailhead of North River Trail on FDR 85, 4.7 miles south of Briery Branch Gap. 
 5.  Trailhead of North River Trail on FDR 95.   From I-81 Exit 225 take VA 262 south to US 250 west 17 miles, right on VA 715 (Braley Pond Road) at 3.5 mile becomes FDR 96 (no signs) and continues 2.9 mile more to FDR 95 (no signs), left go 5.9 mile, trail is on right just before a bridge, look for yellow blazes. 
 6.  South end of section: along FDR 95 at Trailhead of Shenandoah Mountain Trail, 1.8 miles after North River Trailhead on left - look for yellow blaze on tree. 
 There are also some other parking places along FDR 85 and FDR 95. 


 North to south: Take FDR 85 south (paved road going uphill) keeping right where road to Reddish Knob forks left (2.1 miles), continue 7.2 more miles to FDR 95, turn right and go 0.2 mile. 
 South to north: Take FDR 95 east (downhill) 0.2 mile, turn left on FDR 85 and go 9.3 miles. 


 USGS 7.5 minute Quadrangles: Reddish Knob, VA/WV; Palo Alto, WV/WV
 National Geographic Map 791 - Staunton Shenandoah Mtn

Multi-use - Horses and mountain bikes are allowed.  There is room for horse trailer turnaround at the intersection of VA 924 and FDR 85, at the summit of Reddish Knob, at Heiliger Kanzel Overlook, and at the intersection of FDR 95 and FDR 85. 

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Guide to Section 5a (north)

Guide to Section 5c (south)


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