2 posts ago, I posted our walk from this parking area. Posting from it again today. On my last post, we headed back towards Damascus. Today, we headed towards Taylors Valley.
I had read on multiple sites on the internet that it is only 1.5 miles from Straight Branch to Taylors Valley. After we had been walking for a while, we started smelling food. But, at 2 miles, Taylors Valley seemed to be nowhere in site. We weren’t sure how much further Taylors Valley was, so we turned around and headed back to the car, making this a 4 mile round trip walk.
But, as for this section of the trail, the Appalachian trails runs from this parking area, about 1/10 of a mile up the trail. Not sure if it does all the time, but we saw signs for an Appalachian Trail detour today. We ran across several fishermen today. It’s amazing how far up the river the fishermen will walk for a good spot. As for trestles, we crossed trestles 22 through 26 on this section. A few of the trestles you were able to walk down the bank and under the trestles for river photos.
Here are a few photos from today. Since we saw the twins this past week too, included a photo of each of them.
I usually provide an address for GPS. But, since this parking area is out in the middle of nowhere, I have been providing directions. But, found this address on the internet today. The internet says that Straight Branch Parking Area is “Near 25738 Jeb Stuart Highway, Jefferson National Forest Damascus, VA 24236”. I haven’t used that address myself. But, it might work. If you’d like some detailed directions, you can get them off of my previous post by searching the internet by “ranger annette virginia creeper trail straight branch parking area”.