Hike Start Time - 10 AM at trailhead.
Parking - Parking is free at metro stops during weekend.
History - Built in 1910, the Blackburn Trail Center was acquired by PATC in 1979. The largest facility in the Club’s cabin system, Blackburn consists of the Main House, the Carriage House and the Hikers Hostel. Resident caretakers live on the premises during the hiking season. The Center is primarily designed to support long distance hikers, trail crews, Club planning meetings and training seminars. When not being used for official club activities the Center is the perfect location for large group use. In the past Blackburn has hosted weddings, family reunions and milestone birthday parties.
Located on a 150 acre wooded tract and backing up to the A.T. corridor, Blackburn can accommodate up to 80 plus people for a day event and has indoor lodging space for 30 people with at least 30 more using tent spaces and the adjoining campground. The commercial style kitchen provides two propane gas stoves, refrigerator and freezer, double sinks and two dishwashers. The kitchen is also well stocked with pots, pans and dishes, etc. The Main House and Carriage House both have electricity; there is also hot and cold water and wood burning stove.
Blackburn Trail Center South, 14.5 miles round trip involves several steep climbs once you venture beyond Devil's Racecourse around mile 4. You can stop at Crescent Rock around mile 5.5 and do some rock climbing (it's pretty lame) or you can turn around and avoid the majority of the hills. The Appalachian Trail runs 13.5 miles from Snickers Gap (VA Hwy 7) to Keys Gap (WV Hwy 9). Along the way it passes Raven Rocks, the Blackburn Trail Center, and the David Lesser Memorial shelter. At times the south section of this hike us rocky so some rock scrambling is in store.
Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center is a trail located near Bluemont, Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round.
Winery Choices TBD
1) Hillsboro Vineyards
2) Doukenie Winery
3) North Gate Vineyard
4) Crushed Cellars
What to Bring: Bottles of water, hiking shoes, trail snacks, and other desired hiking gear depending on personal needs. Take plenty of pictures. Pay attention to weather.
Disclaimer: As usual this is a kid-free zone. All participants assume total risk for their personal and property safety. Robert's textable cell number is [masked]-8390.