GET Guidebook 7a

Edition 1/7/2011

Section 7a
HIDDEN VALLEY
US 220 to VA 600 (Back Creek Road)
12.8 miles (7.0 miles road walk, 5.0 miles paved)


GET crossing of Jackson River on Hidden Valley Road

General Description of section

  This section includes Hidden Valley and Back Creek Mountain.  The actual direction is  Creek Mountain. 
  There is a plan to build a trail along Muddy Creek to connect to US 220.  This would connect to the Hidden Valley Trail, which connects to the Hidden Valley area.  This trail would take away most of the road walks, and shorten the section by 2.5 miles. 

Parking

 1.  North end of section, From I-64 in Virginia Exit 16, take US 220 north 30 miles, just north of Muddy Creek on east side.  This parking is 0.2 mile north of the intersection with VA 614, which is the north end of section. 
 2.  Hidden Valley Parking, From I-64 in Virginia Exit 16, take US 220 north 26 miles to VA 39 in Warm Springs, turn left (west) and go 3.2 miles, turn right on VA 621 (McGuffin Road), go 2.1 miles to FDR 241 (Hidden Valley Road), turn left and go 2.1 mile.  Large parking area in open field. 
 3.  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 13.0 miles to VA 600 (Back Creek Road), turn right and go 3.3 miles to Bogan Run Trail parking, on right. 

Shuttle

  North to south: Go south on US 220 to VA 621 (McGuffin Road), go 4 miles to VA 39, turn right and go 9.8 miles to VA 600 (Back Creek Road), turn right and go 3.3 miles. 
  South to north: Go south on VA 600 3.3 miles to VA 39, turn left (east) and go 9.8 miles to VA 621 (McGuffin Road), turn left and go 4 miles to US 220 (Sam Snead Highway), turn left and go 1.7 miles to parking (0.2 mile past VA 614). 

Maps

  USGS 7.5’ Quadrangles: Warm Springs, VA; Sunrise, VA/WV
  National Geographic Map 791 – Staunton Shenandoah Mtn

Useful Information
  Emergency - In WV or VA, Dial 9-1-1
  Services - Jason's Pizza Subs & Burgers, restaurant open W,Th 11am - 9pm, F,Sa 11am - 10pm. 
  Services - Hidden Valley Campground - campsites, water, pit toilets. 

Trail Description, North to South

Miles   Data
 0.0 North end of section: Intersection of US 220 (Sam Snead Highway) and VA 614 (Muddy Run Road).  Great Eastern Trail follows US 220 south (left from VA 614).  Parking is available along US 220 0.2 mile to north or east along VA 614 0.5 mile. 
 0.7 Jason's Pizza Subs & Burgers (see Services, above) on left. 
 1.5 Intersection with VA 621 (McGuffin Road), to right.  GET turns right onto VA 621. 
 3.4 Intersection with FDR 241 (Hidden Valley Road).  GET turns right onto FDR 241. 
 5.0 Side road to Hidden Valley Campground to left while FDR 241 forks to right.  Pavement ends.  GET continues right on FDR 241. 
 5.5 In open field, road forks with large parking area to right.  FDR 241 takes left fork, toward Jackson River.  GET continues left on FDR 241. 
 5.6 Cross Jackson River on low water bridge.  Do not try to cross if water is over bridge! 
 5.7 Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast to left. 
 7.0 Trailhead of blue-blazed Bogan Run Trail, to left.  GET continues on Bogan Run Trail.  Trail starts out as a dirt (logging) road. 
 7.9 Logging road comes to four-way intersection (blazes may not give clear direction here).  Trail continues on road to left, uphill.  Views through logged areas in the next 0.5 mile. 
 8.4 While road continues up ridge, foot trail goes left, less steep.  Trail switches back and crosses road on way up Back Creek Mountain. 
 9.6 Crest of Back Creek Mountain (elev. 3500') and cross FDR 121.  To left it is 5 miles to VA 39.  GET continues on Bogan Run Trail, which descends the west side of Back Creek Mountain. 
 12.8 Trailhead of Bogan Run Trail on VA 600 (Back Creek Road), south end of section.  GET continues on VA 600 into section 7b. 

Trail Description, South to North

Miles   Data
 0.0 South end of section, trailhead of blue-blazed Bogan Run Trail on VA 600 (Back Creek Road).  Great Eastern Trail follows Bogan Run Trail away from road, uphill. 
 3.2 Crest of Back Creek Mountain (elev. 3500') and cross FDR 121.  To right it is 5 miles to VA 39.  GET continues on Bogan Run Trail, which descends the east side of Back Creek Mountain. 
 4.4 Foot trail joins an old logging road, coming in from left.  Views through logged areas in the next 0.5 mile. 
 4.9 Four-way intersection (blazes may not give clear direction here).  Bogan Run Trail and GET turn right here. 
 5.8 Trailhead of Bogan Run Trail on FDR 241 (Hidden Valley Road).  GET continues on FDR 241 to right. 
 7.1 Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast driveway to right. 
 7.2 Cross Jackson River on low water bridge.  Do not try to cross if water is over bridge!
 7.3 In open field, large parking area for Hidden Valley is to left. 
 7.8 Pavement begins.  Hidden Valley Campground on road to right.  GET continues ahead. 
 9.4 Intersection with VA 621 (McGuffin Road).  GET continues left on VA 621. 
 11.3 Intersection with US 220 (Sam Snead Highway).  GET continues left on US 220. 
 12.1 Jason's Pizza Subs & Burgers (see Services, above) on right. 
 12.8 Intersection of US 220 with VA 614 (Muddy Creek Road), to right.  North end of section.  GET continues on VA 614 into section 6e. 

Trail Condition Report

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Guide to Section 6e (north)

Guide to Section 7b (south)

 

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