Curry Gap to Daleville – RATC 113-miler club Hike #2
The hike is located in Botetourt County, is 9.4 miles total and is strenuous. From Curry Gap on the BRP, the trail ascends on Salt Pond Road for 0.9 miles to the AT crossing. We’ll head south on the AT. The trail follows the ridge line, with limited views to the valley below. At 3.7 miles the blue-blazed trail on left leads to Fullhardt Knob Shelter and the wooded summit of Fullhardt Knob. The trail then descends from Fullhardt Knob. There are a series of switchbacks near the bottom. At 6.7 miles the trail crosses Mountain Pass Road (VA 652). It then ascends an open knoll, with good views of McAfee Knob and Tinker Mountain, before descending and crossing US 11. The trail continues through mainly old orchards to US 220.
We will meet at the Park and Ride in Daleville, leave most of the cars there, and then shuttle up to the start of the hike at Salt Pond Rd. on the Blue Ridge Parkway. After the hike, we will shuttle back to BRP to pick-up the cars at the start of the hike. Car pool fee: $2.00