Salt Log Gap to Long Mountain Wayside

11.0. miles, moderate terrain
60 miles from Roanoke, $6.00 carpool fee

Located in Amherst County some 20 miles northeast of Buena Vista, this hike offers some outstanding views. The trailhead is on the Appalachian Trail at Salt Log Gap roughly 8 miles from US-60 on a gravel road. Following the AT south, the route climbs Tar Jacket Ridge and then Cold Mountain. Both of these summits are open and offer extraordinary views in all directions Cold Mountain especially. From Cold Mountain we will descend to Cow Camp Gap (during the stagecoach days there was an inn in this area, but nothing remains of it today). The trail then makes a short ascent before a long 2,500 foot descent to Long Mountain Wayside.