Johns Creek to Sinking Creek 113-Mile Hike # 9
8.3 miles, strenuous terrain
50 miles from Exit-140 Park & ride + 12-mile shuttle
The hike is located in Craig and Giles counties, starting at
the AT-VA-632/USFS-156 crossing to the AT-VA-630 crossing. From Johns
Creek Valley, the trail climbs steeply. At 2.0 miles it crosses VA-601
at Rocky Gap. At 3.8 miles a blue blazed trail on the right. leads to
White Rock, with great views of the New River Valley. The trail then
descends, passing Laurel Creek Shelter at 5.1 miles. At 7.5 miles the trail
crosses VA-42 in Sinking Creek Valley and at 8.3 we arrive at VA-630.
From Roanoke, Take I-81 south to exit 118B (Blacksburg). Stay on state route 460 for 17.9 miles to
Route 42. Go right and drive 8 miles to Route 658. Go left and drive 4.0 miles
to Route 632. Go left for 5.5 miles to A.T. crossing parking area on left. For
car drop off, see directions to Route 630, hike number 8 above.
From Roanoke, Take I-81 south to exit 141. Go left on
Virginia route 419, Electric Road. Go .4 miles to Virginia route 311. Take
right and go 12.0 miles to Route 621. Go 5.5 miles on Route 621. A.T. crossing
parking lot is on right. Drop off car here. Continue on Route 621 for an
additional 11 miles to Route 460. Go right and drive 2 miles to Route 42. Go
right and drive 6 miles to Route 629. Turn right and drive .6 miles to Route
630. Turn right and drive .3 mile to parking area on left.
I-81S, US-460W, VA-42E, R-VA-629, R-VA-630, 1/3 mile on left.