Garden Mountain, VA-623 to VA-615
8.9 miles, Moderate terrain
85 miles from the Orange Market, 17½-mile shuttle, $10 carpool
44 miles from the Dublin McDonalds, 17½-mile shuttle, $6 carpool
This is an AT hike alongside Burkes Garden, that little
haven that the Civil War never touched.
It goes north from VA-623, Burkes Garden Rd for 8.9 miles.
The best view into Burkes Garden is at 0.3 miles.
At 0.8 miles a blue-blaze leads west to Davis Farm Campsite.
1.3 mi start a 1,599 foot climb, leaving the Tenness Valley watershed and entering the
New River watershed. At 3.1 cross an
unreliable stream continuing down to the Jenkins Shelter at 3.8.
At 3.9 cross Hunting Camp Creek and start ascending Brushy Mountain.
At 5.2 continue on the old road bed on a relo that
used to be a blue-blaze called the High Water Trail.
At 8.8 we begin the descent to Laurel Creek.
At 8.9 come to VA-615 and the shuttle cars.