Pine Swamp (Rt. 635) to New River (Rt. 460)

19.5 miles, moerate terrain, $7.00 carpool fee
62 miles from Roanoke, $7.00 carpool fee

Locted in Giles County Virginia and Monroe County West Virginia, this is a lengthy hike on the Appalachian Trail, which traverses a portion of the long ridge of Peters Mountain. Along the ridge top, which roughly forms the Virginia-West Virginia border, there is little change in elevation. Both the ascent and the descent, however, are rather steep. Two open areas along the ridge Symms Gap and, especially, Rice Field offer views and excellent spots for breaks or lunch.