Tar Jacket Ridge, Cole Mtn Old Hotel Trail loop



11.0 miles, moderate terrain
64 miles from Daleville, $6.50 carpool fee

This hike is in the Mount Pleasant National Scenic and because of that, the Group size is limited to 10 hikers.Look at National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #789, K-14. Note: The drive to this hike is not recommended during icy conditions.

Take I-81 to exit 188A and go east on US-60/Lexington Turnpike. In 9 miles, near the Long Mountain Wayside, (7200 Lexington Turnpike) turn left, NE, onto Davis Mill Creek Road/Coffeytown Rd/VA-634. In about 3 miles, take the left fork and in 2 more miles turn right at the intersection onto USFS-63. It will be about 5 more miles to Salt Log Gap.

Start south on the AT from Salt Log Gap, go over Tar Jacket Ridge and come to Hog Camp Gap on 2 miles. Continue south over Cole Mountain. Both of these summits are open and offer extraordinary views in all directions Cole Mountain especially. In 4 1/2 miles come to the Cow Camp Gap shelter and the Old Hotel Trail. Turn left and pass a shelter. (During the stagecoach days there was an inn in this area, but nothing remains of it today). After passing a shelter, the trail climbs a hill and then passes some old rock fences on its way to a beautiful, open park-like area (a great camp site). At mile 7.5 you will come to the Old Hotel trailhead. Take jog on the dirt road, a little to the left, west, and then to the right, ENE, NOT south. The last part of the hike is along a Forest Service road back to Salt Log Gap.

Cole Mt., Mount Pleasant, Tar Jacket Ridge