A.T.: Punchbowl to Long Mountain Wayside
10.2 miles; Strenuous. $11.00 carpool fee; 80 miles from Roanoke.
This hike is northbound on the A.T. from the Blue Ridge Parkway MP 51.7 near Punchbowl Shelter to the Long Mountain Wayside where the A.T. crosses U.S. 60. The hike starts out around 2200 feet before dropping to 1000 feet between the 2 and 4 mile marks. From there it slowly climbs back to 2000 feet, passing by the Lynchburg Reservoir and ruins of homes owned by freed slaves after the Civil War before being evacuated in 1908. The hike is one way on the trail so a car drop is required. Roanoke-based hikers will meet the Charlottesville-based leader at the trailhead with details distributed after reservations close. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance.
Moved from May 14th to May 7th to accommodate schedule conflict.