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Bedford County Virginia Hiking Trails

Cornelius Creek Trail

Length:  2.9 miles

This trail begins at an elevation of 3300 feet on the Appalachian Trail, 1.5 miles south of FS Road 812 (Parkers Gap Road). It descends steadily following a seeded logging road from 0.6 mile to 0.8 mile. From there on down, it follows very old logging roads. During its 2.9 mile northwesterly route to North Creek, the elevation drops to 1500 feet - at its junction with FS Road 59 and Apple Orchard Falls Trail.

These trails may be combined for a loop hike, beginning either at Sunset Field Overlook on the Parkway or at the end of FS Road 59. It is suggested that the hiker start at the end of FS Road 59 (plenty of room for parking), go up Cornelius Creek Trail and either hike across on the seeded logging road  to Apple Orchard Falls Trail or continue up to the Appalachian Trail to the Apple Orchard Falls Trail. Go down the Apple Orchard Falls Trail to the end of FS Road 59, where you started. The short route (hiking across on the seeded logging road  is 6.1 miles. The long route (going up to the Appalachian Trail and across) is 7.5 miles.


From the intersection of Interstate 81 and VA 614 (approximately 2 miles north of Buchanan) travel 3 miles on VA 614 to FS 59. Travel west on FS 59 for 4.5 miles.

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