Apple Orchard Falls, Glenwood Horse, AT, Cornelius Creek Loop
11.5 miles, moderate terrain
29 miles from Daleville, $3.00 carpool fee
Take I-81 N to exit 168
Go right on VA-614.
Follow signs to North Creek Campground
Turn left on VA-59
After crossing North Creek, VA-59 continues into FS-768
When FS-768 Turns into FS-812, go right
Park in the cul-de-sac, where you'll see the trail head.
After you park, take the blue-blazed trail to the left; this
is Apple Orchard Falls Trail. You’ll follow the trail for about 2 miles until
you reach the falls. The hike up to the falls is shaded and serene, with the
gurgling North Creek to guide you. There’s a large wooden bridge and platform
by the falls where you can stop to enjoy the scenery and rest a bit.
Most of the trail up to the falls is fairly flat with
gradual inclines. When you start to reach the falls, the trail gets a bit
steeper and quite rocky. But the boulders act as stepping stones that make your
trek up to the falls pretty easy. After you get to the falls, ascend Apple
Orchard Falls to the Blue Ridge Parkway, cross over the parkway to the east
side and follow a gated forest service road for 1/2 mile to the site of the
former Camp Kewansee then would pick up the Glenwood Horse Trail and follow it
out to Floyd Field on the Parkway continue across the parkway and descend the
blue blaze to the Cornelius Creek Shelter, pick up the AT below that and follow
the AT north to where it intersects with the Cornelius Creek Trail and descend
that trail back to the starting point.
http://www.ratc.org/maps/Apple Orchard Falls.pdf