Punchbowl to Long Mountain Wayside (AT)
10.2 miles, moderate terrain
57 miles from Roanoke, $6.00 carpool fee
This hike is northbound on the A.T. from the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 51.7 near
Punchbowl Shelter, to the Long Mountain Wayside, where the A.T. crosses U.S.
60. The hike starts out around 2200 feet before dropping to 1000 feet between
the 2 and 4 mile marks. From there, it slowly climbs back to 2000 feet, passing
by the Lynchburg Reservoir and ruins of homes owned by freed slaves after the
Civil War before being evacuated in 1908. The hike is one way on the trail, so
a car drop is required.