St. Mary’s Wilderness

From Daleville Park & Ride:

Rte. 81 North
Exit 200 for State Route 710 toward Fairfield
In 0.2 miles, go left onto Rte. 11 North, go 5.4 miles
Right onto Rte. 56-E, go 1 mile
Left onto Rte. 608 North, go 2.4 miles
Right onto Cold Springs Rd. (still Rte. 608) at underpass full of
graffiti, go 0.3 miles
Right onto St. Mary’s Rd (brown street sign), go 1.3 miles to the end
where you find a parking lot, Kiosk and beginning of trail.

Return Directions:

From parking lot, go to end of St. Mary’s Rd. (1.3 miles)
Left onto Cold Springs Rd. Rte. 608, go 0.3 miles
Left at underpass with graffiti and continue on Rte. 608 for 2.4 miles
Right onto Rte. 56, go 1 mile
Left onto Rte. 11, go 5.5 miles to sigh for I-81
Right onto I-81 South, go 50 miles to Exit 150 (Daleville)

St. Mary’s River

8.8 miles, Strenuous
63 miles from Roanoke, $6.00 carpool fee

This hike will be along the St. Mary River in the St. Mary’s Wilderness Area in Augusta County, north of Roanoke. We will be passing several swimming holes, so bring your bathing suit and a towel so you can take a dip in the river.

St. Mary's Wilderness: Cellar Mountain/Cold Spring Trail Loop

7.1 miles, Challenging terrain
60 mile drive, $6 Carpool fee

This is a wilderness loop over two trails that are now somewhat overgrown. Bring hand clippers to this hike, and we'll leave the trails in better shape! Start at the parking area for the Cellar Mountain Trail and climb steeply to near the summit of Cellar Mountain, with views into the St. Mary's Wilderness. The Cellar Mountain Trail climbs from about 2000 feet to 3500 feet over the first two miles of the hike. This trail ends at FR 162A, a high clearance forest road just outside of the wilderness, where it meets the Cold Spring Trail. The Cold Spring Trail drops steeply at first, then more gradually into a lush and wet canyon. The trail ends at a local landowner's property line, so the hike will bushwack within the wilderness boundary to a road, which we will walk 1.3 miles back to our cars. Hike distance: 7.1 miles. Total ascent: 1500 feet. Roanoke hikers can meet at the Daleville Park-and-Ride at 8 to carpool, then meet the Charlottesville-based hike leader at the parking area on FR 42 (Coal Road) about a mile north of the St. Mary's Falls Trail parking, a little after 9:00 AM. Contact hike leader Jeff Monroe for further details.

Saint Mary's Wilderness, Upper Loop

10.6 miles, strenuous terrain
66 miles from Roanoke, $6.00 carpool fee

The hike is located in Augusta County, and combines 4 trails in the Saint Mary's Wilderness (Mine Bank Trail, Saint Mary's Trail, Jeep Trail and Bald Mountain Trail).

St Mary's Wilderness

St Mary's Wilderness Long Loop