GET Guidebook 7b

Edition 1/26/2013

Section 7b
BACK CREEK VALLEY
VA 600 and VA 39
7.9 miles, all road walk

Parking

  1. North end of section: From I-64 in Virginia Exit 16, take US 220 north 26 miles to VA 39 in Warm Springs, turn left (west) and go 13.0 miles to VA 600 (Back Creek Road), turn right and go 3.3 miles to Bogan Run Trail parking, on right. 
  2. South end of section: From I-64 in Virginia Exit 16, take US 220 north 26 miles to VA 39 in Warm Springs, turn left (west) and go 11.2 miles to VA 600 (Bolar Draft Road), turn left and go 2.8 miles, to High Knob Tower Road on right; parking on shoulder, especially on east side of VA 600.

Shuttle

North to south: Go back north on VA 600 to VA 39, turn left and go 1.8 miles to VA 600 (Back Creek Road), and turn right and go 3.3miles (same as GET).
South to north: Go back south on VA 600 3.3 miles to VA 39, turn left, go 1.8 miles to VA 600 (Bolar Draft Road) to right, turn and go 2.8 miles (same as GET). 

 


Maps

  USGS 7.5' Quadrangles:  Mountain Grove, VA/WV; Warm Springs, VA; Sunrise, VA/WV
  National Geographic Map 791 - Staunton Shenandoah Mtn (does not show High Top Tower Road)

Useful Information
  Emergency - In WV or VA, Dial 9-1-1
  Services - Mountain Grove General Store - Mountain Grove, VA, country store at junction of VA 600 and VA 39.  Open Monday through Saturday 6am-6pm; Sunday closed.  Has canned goods, deli (closes 5 pm) and outside pay phone.
  Services - The Hitching Post - south on VA 600, hunting and fishing supplies (including quick food).  Open Monday through Sunday 7am - 8 pm, closed January - March.  Has outside pay phone. 

Trail Description, North to South

Miles   Data
 0.0 Bogan Run Trail Parking on VA 600 (Back Creek Road), north end of section.  Great Eastern Trail follows VA 600 to left, south. 
 0.7 Bridge over Big Back Creek. 
 1.8 Pass substation to left. 
 3.3 Mountain Grove.  VA 600 stops on VA 39; Mountain Grove General Store (see Services, above) on right.  Cross VA 39 onto VA 676 (Gatewood Road). 
 3.5 Cross bridge closed to vehicles, then turn left (still VA 676 & Gatewood Road). 
 3.6 Intersection with VA 39.   GET follows VA 39 to right, east. 
 5.1 Intersection with VA 600 (Bolar Draft Road) to south, right.  GET follows VA 600 to right. 
 6.6 Hitching Post (see Services, above) on left. 
 7.3 Enter Gathright Wildlife Management Area. 
 7.9 High Top Tower Road to right.  South end of section.  GET continues on High Top Tower Road into section 7c. 

Trail Description, South to North

Miles   Data
 0.0 South end of section, intersection of VA 600 (Bolar Draft Road) and High Top Tower Road.  Great Eastern Trail follows VA 600 to left, north. 
 0.6 Leave Gathright Wildlife Management Area. 
 1.3 Hitching Post (see Services, above) on right. 
 2.8 VA 600 stops on VA 39.  Follow VA 39 to left, west. 
 4.3 Intersection with VA 676 (Gatewood Road) at Mountain Grove.  GET follows VA 676 to left. 
 4.4 VA 676 makes a right turn.  GET follows road closed to vehicles and crosses bridge. 
 4.6 Intersection of VA 39 with VA 600 (Back Creek Road) to north, right.  Mountain Grove General Store (see Services, above) on left corner across VA 39.  GET follows VA 600 to ahead. 
 6.1 Pass substation to right. 
 7.2 Cross bridge over Big Back Creek. 
 7.9 Bogan Run Trail Parking on right, north end of section.  GET continues on Bogan Run Trail into Section 7a. 


Trail Condition Report


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Guide to Section 7a (north)


Guide to Section 7c (south)

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