RATC Section Hike #5: VA 311 to Dragons Tooth Parking Area

The hike is 8.9 miles and Strenuous. Car Pool Fee will be $1.00. We will meet at the Dragon’s Tooth Parking Lot and then shuttle to VA 311 to start the hike. 

The hike begins at the VA 311 AT parking lot just 15 minutes from Roanoke. The AT is followed south over the many humps of Catawba Mountain before dropping down to the open fields of Beckner’s Gap. Between VA 785 / Catawba Road and VA 624 / Newport Road, the trail crosses Sandstone Ridge. Beyond VA 624 / Newport Road, the trail heads uphill past the Boy Scout Trail. It then reaches Rawie’s Rest, a knife-like rocky outcrop, with good views. Continue on to Lost Spectacles Gap, where a blue-blazed trail on right leads down to the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot.