Petites Gap to Sunset Field

7.3 miles, moderate terrain
33 miles from Roanoke, $3.00 carpool fee
23 miles from Roanoke, $2.50 carpool fee

This hike will be on the A.T. from Petites Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Sunset Field overlook on the BRP. Included are wonderful views from Thunder Ridge Overlook and Apple Orchard Mountain, which has a large grassy bald at its summit. This route is also known for the Guillotine, a rock formation, where the trail passes under a suspended rock. There is also a beautiful series of over 100 rock steps installed by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club along the trail immediately past the Guillotine. There are 1,400 feet of elevation gain on this hike.