May is Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) month, so we'll feature as many hikes as we can on the MST. We'll start out with 10.4 miles from Basin Cove Overlook to Devil's Garden Overlook. This is one of the most scenic stretches of the MST, so what better way to start MST month!
We'll leave from the Basin Cove Overlook on the Bluff Mountain Trail. After 1 mile, we'll pick up the Grassy Gap Trail. Along the Grassy Gap Trail, we'll have great photo ops at Alligator Back Overlook, a mountain meadow, and Wildcat Rocks Overlook. Halfway through the hike is a great break at the Bluffs Restaurant and Lodge. From the Lodge, we'll parallel the Parkway for 0.5 miles before turning right on a faint trail through a meadow. Cross the Parkway about 0.7 miles later, and travel through a couple of campgrounds before arriving at Brinegar Cabin Historic Site. The last 2.5 miles of trail go along the Parkway, crossing the road a few times before arriving back at the Devil's Garden Overlook.
The MST is US Forest Service Trail 440, and is always blazed with a white dot. More information on this section of the MST can be found from the FMST website: http://goo.gl/RVnSxT and http://goo.gl/wRT7re
Note: This hike will require a shuttle. We'll meet at the end of the hike (Devil's Garden Overlook - on the Blue Ridge Parkway) at 10:30a. We'll leave half the cars there, and take half the cars to the beginning of the hike (Basin Cove Overlook - on the Blue Ridge Parkway).
Scott will be leading this hike. His email is [masked], and his phone number is[masked]-2454. Mark Muzzio will be helping him lead (thanks Mark!)