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GolfHiker
01-22-2019, 16:22
I read that the Barn Restaurant closed in late Oct., reopened in December with new Management. I have been unable to reach them by phone, as the number given in the Guides &/or Guthook is no longer working. Does anyone have any updated info, or a new phone number? The goal is simply to park at the Barn for a few days for an upcoming section and Iíd prefer to know all is good to go in advance.

thanks.

tdoczi
01-22-2019, 16:28
oh boy was that place a trip when i was there back in may. it'd be sort of sad to see it go but yet it also makes sense. no way what i saw was a sustainable business model. dont know how it lasted this long.

Gambit McCrae
01-22-2019, 16:29
If you cant get ahold of them, parking is available for 2-3 cars on the other side of i81 opposite side as the barn restaurant.

Here is the number that google provides for the barn. As well, Rohlands parking guide suggests having permission before parking here. When I parked here, I called for permission, and told them I would be a customer at the end of my hike, which I did and it was very good!

have a great hike!
The Barn Restaurant


Phone (https://www.google.com/search?q=the+barn+restaurant+phone&ludocid=3698117227551420778&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj129mPnILgAhU6G7kGHeFwCuEQ6BMwEnoECAkQD g): (276) 686-6222 (https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=2HtHXOTVD4Kj5OUPvc-YyAg&q=the+barn+restaurant+atkins+va&btnK=Google+Search&oq=the+barn+restaurant+atkin&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0j0i22i30.1012.6515..7664...4.0..0.460.5257 .2-21j0j1....2..0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0i131j0i10.OW4W0yDYJB4#)





Hours (https://www.google.com/search?q=the+barn+restaurant+hours&ludocid=3698117227551420778&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj129mPnILgAhU6G7kGHeFwCuEQ6BMwEXoECAkQB g): Open ⋅ Closes 8PM


Tuesday
7AM–8PM


Wednesday
7AM–8PM


Thursday
7AM–8PM


Friday
7AM–8PM


Saturday
7AM–8PM


Sunday
7AM–3PM


Monday
7AM–8PM


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GolfHiker
01-22-2019, 16:55
Thanks Gambit. Unfortunately, that number is the very one that is not working. It makes you wonder if they are even open for business, thus my request to the great WB family for some current information.

Gambit McCrae
01-22-2019, 17:16
Call skip and linda they shuttle in the atkins area and would know best what the deal is.

276-783-3604

TNhiker
01-22-2019, 17:38
parking is available for 2-3 cars on the other side of i81 opposite side as the barn restaurant




is that a safe space to park?

it's basically right off the exit and that makes me thing otherwise but ive never parked there....

wonder if the airport or that gas station right there would allow parking?

Gambit McCrae
01-22-2019, 18:07
is that a safe space to park?

it's basically right off the exit and that makes me thing otherwise but ive never parked there....

wonder if the airport or that gas station right there would allow parking?


I would personally park there for a weekend. I would probably try and find more suitable parking for longer then a weekend. Another option would be the Relax Inn but I wanna say they aren't very hiker friendly.

TNhiker
01-22-2019, 18:40
Another option would be the Relax Inn but I wanna say they aren't very hiker friendly.




thats sad as the trail is almost at their front door....

wonder if hikers pissed them off....

on a slightly different note----my grandfather is buried up somewhere up on the mountain on the opposite side of the barn/relax inn....

theres a series of roads that lead to dirt road that somewhere he is buried up there...

sadly, i will never know exact spot as the people who's land we used to bury him, are gone...

the last time/only time i was up there was in 1976 when we buried him and i was 6 years old....

i would have loved to figure out where he's at and see how close it is to the trail and potentially buy the land......

tdoczi
01-22-2019, 19:38
I would personally park there for a weekend. I would probably try and find more suitable parking for longer then a weekend. Another option would be the Relax Inn but I wanna say they aren't very hiker friendly.

i also stayed at the relax. i cant say it wasnt hiker friendly. it was sort of overpriced for what you got but what can ya do.

i dont think they get nearly enough business to be fussy about hikers coming in.

GolfHiker
01-22-2019, 20:47
Call skip and linda they shuttle in the atkins area and would know best what the deal is. 276-783-3604

Its funny how one thing leads to another... I had already called Linda for a shuttle, and sadly Skip passed away in December (?). She was great to talk to, and is still doing some light shuttling. She told me she had to notify the guides to make the change in names...

As as for the Relax Inn, I actually stayed there on my hike in ‘16. Not friendly, not unfriendly. Just another cheap motel on the trail. A quick side note, I did this section in 2013. The Barn was closed, the Relax Inn said no to parking, and we ended up parking behind the gas station on the corner, with their permission.
The way things are looking here, it may be the gas station again.

Gambit McCrae
01-22-2019, 22:18
Its funny how one thing leads to another... I had already called Linda for a shuttle, and sadly Skip passed away in December (?). She was great to talk to, and is still doing some light shuttling. She told me she had to notify the guides to make the change in names...

As as for the Relax Inn, I actually stayed there on my hike in Ď16. Not friendly, not unfriendly. Just another cheap motel on the trail. A quick side note, I did this section in 2013. The Barn was closed, the Relax Inn said no to parking, and we ended up parking behind the gas station on the corner, with their permission.
The way things are looking here, it may be the gas station again.

I hate to hear Skip passed away I didnt know. He shuttled me many times thru SoVa. Entertained me with his old sherriffin stories during the rides he gave me.

swatsullivan
01-22-2019, 22:52
I parked at the parking lot beside the trail where it crossed the next road after 81. Itís near a farm, and may be ok for a weekend. Didnít get in the Barn, but Iím down that way fairly regularly. If I can remember, Iíll try to swing by the Barn Feb 15th when Iím there next.

Seatbelt
01-23-2019, 08:40
i also stayed at the relax. i cant say it wasnt hiker friendly. it was sort of overpriced for what you got but what can ya do.

i dont think they get nearly enough business to be fussy about hikers coming in.

This has been my experience also, have stayed there twice. They were friendly enough I thought.

JPritch
01-25-2019, 12:02
I had to pay for parking at The Barn on a section last year.

Skip....is he the tall skinny fellow, his wife really short?

GolfHiker
01-25-2019, 12:27
I had to pay for parking at The Barn on a section last year.
Skip....is he the tall skinny fellow, his wife really short?

All the guide books state a $5.00/day charge, so I expected that.
As for Skip being tall, skinny, I never met the man. I spoke to Linda, his wife on the phone. She did sound like she was really short!

rmitchell
01-25-2019, 13:25
I parked at the Relax Inn Sept. 2011 and again April 2012. They did charge to park. Once got a shuttle from one of the younger family members there.

Not sure if they still shuttle

IslandPete
01-25-2019, 17:25
I don’t know which direction you’re going, but just south of Atkins is the Lindamood School and Settlers Museum. Safe, quiet place, and they allow hiker parking. The trail goes almost right through the property.