Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
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02/03/2008 Trail is easy. The shelter at end of trail has a outhouse and table. However the impressive bridge has been washed out and there is hardly any visible remains of it. Well worth the trip.
Good hike, yes it is challenging. Exiting the foot trail at Hell Creek onto the horse trail is poorly marked (look for the orange/blue tape) and confusing. Went a few extra steps until the mistake was realized.
The Sulphur Springs trail is one of my favorite walks in the James River Face Wilderness. The trail runs along an old roadbed and is a nice steady climb to the top of the ridge and travels along the ridge overlooking the river. The views are spectacular and the trail is usually deserted. Caution - the low use makes for an overgrown trail. There are sections where you have to wade through some very lush poison ivy. Also, since this is a ridgetop trail, use caution with regards to thunder storms. The west face of the wilderness is a weather-maker and violent storms are common.
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