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Bruce Hudson
08-02-2007, 12:49
I'm planning to get on the trail at I-81 Sat. for a section hike back to Damascus. Any advice as to where to get on the trail around Adkins?

Bruce Hudson
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Raleigh, NC

Pacific Tortuga
08-02-2007, 13:13
I met a hiker doing the same thing and he parked at the Relax Inn. I do not know what they charge. You should pm SawnieRobertson and go to 'search', type in Atkins.

08-02-2007, 15:22
The Relax Inn did not charge me several years back for parking my car there for 3+ days. It was March or April and they were slow.

I stuffed $10 in the guy's shirt against his will anyway. Goodwill isn't free people.......;)

08-02-2007, 19:30
Bruce..to answer your question literally, the trail comes out on the road almost directly across from the motel if I remember correctly.

08-02-2007, 20:59
digger has it, go to the gas station/convenience store next to the hotel, and look across the street for the blaze to go southbound.

08-02-2007, 21:22
You can park at the motel as the others had said, Although when I was pick up my parents were parked at the far edge of the truck stop. I don't know if this is a viable long term parking spot or not. Have a good trip, thats a great section. Make sure you stay a Thomas Knob if you can. Its one of my favorite shelters.

08-02-2007, 21:43
You want Exit 54 off of I-81, which is actually in the town of Groseclose near the intersection of US-11 and VA-683. The Relax Inn is behind the gas station, and the southbound AT enters a meadow directly across from the Inn and a truck stop right next to it, south and west of the interchange. Here's a map (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&addtohistory=&address=&city=Groseclose&state=VA&zipcode=&country=US&location=KXne02KBc2coQdoBEzEOOzEY4K5Agsj%2fM1MYvBU sujgwL8u0UikOcvrF6n2ZGNyQv1G5MNeVzzmoCriQMmg%2bBJX n1hHUmyk6sIcsweWhCjU4oMNr25adhQ%3d%3d&ambiguity=1) (click the + button 4 times to zoom in); the AT heads south just below the green '54' box that will appear on the left of the map once you zoom in.

Bruce Hudson
08-02-2007, 23:08
thanks for all the info-- I'm out of here Sat. morn.