Catawba Valley Trail-Stone Coal Gap-Lick Branch Trail
10.7 miles, moderate terrain
25 or 30 mile drive from the Orange Market including the shuttle, $3.00 carpool fee
To drop the shuttle car, in New Castle take VA-311 North to New Castle. Turn right on VA-615/Main
St. At Court House, turn right on
VA-616/Court St, right on VA-690/Cuba/Maggie Maw/FS-182, take right fork
on FS-5026 to trailheads.
Catawba Valley trail starts opposite the Andy Layne trailhead parking on VA-779.
The route follows the Catawba Valley Trail to the top of North Mountain with vistas
to the north and south. Go right on the North Mt Trail. It then descends into Stone Coal Gap
where you cross the road and climb Broad Mountain and then descend to Lick Branch where it
follows the creek with numerous crossings down to FS-5026