Beauty and the Beast (Apple Orchard Falls/Cornelius Creek Extended)
Length: 12 miles; Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance from Daleville: 25 miles
Suggested Carpool Fee: $2.50
Bring: 2-3 liters of water, lunch and energy snacks
BEAUTY: Three beautiful creeks (North Creek, Overstreet Creek and Cornelius Creek; two waterfalls (Apple Orchard Falls and Overstreet Cascades); two overlooks (Sunset Field on Blue Ridge Parkway and Black Rock Overlook on AT); Rhododendron on all trails but most likely blooming near Overstreet Creek; various wildflowers along the way.
BEAST: 2,000 feet of elevation gain in 3 miles on Apple Orchard Falls Trail to Sunset Field and about 600 feet of elevation gain on Glenwood Horse Trail from Overstreet Cascades to base of Headforemost Mountain.
Description: We drive to the Apple Orchard Falls/Cornelius Creek Trailhead at the end of North Creek near Arcadia. We will take the Apple Orchard Falls Trail to Sunset Field on the BRP a distance of 3 miles. The Falls are always pretty. From Sunset Field we will cross over the Parkway and down a gated road about 1/2 mile to join up with the Glenwood Horse Trail going south. We follow it over 4 miles taking in the Overstreet Creek and Falls. The Horse Trail utilizes Forest Service Road 190 for about 2 or so miles where we once again cross over the Parkway and head up a gated road (doubling as Horse Trail) 2/10 mile and then veer off onto a blue blaze trail leading to the Cornelius Creek Shelter on the AT. From there we head north on the AT 1.6 miles to its junction with the Cornelius Creek Trail taking in the view from Black Rock Overlook along the way. We then follow the Cornelius Trail 2.8 miles back to the starting point.