A.T.: Punchbowl to Long Mountain Wayside
10.2 miles, moderate terrain
80-mile drive including car shuttle, $8.00 carpool fee
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.
Note: Because this is “spring forward” day, and we have the RATC annual meeting the night before, I have changed the time from 8:00 am to 9:00 am DST, which is still 8:00 am EST.