View Full Version : Poison Ivy and the like....

The Counselor
02-06-2011, 10:02
Are there sections of the trail notorious for heavy poison ivy? What about from Davenport Gap to Hot Springs?

02-06-2011, 13:29
Great question. I look at the stuff and get it.

02-06-2011, 13:56
I don't remember any on this section but if I remember right from Springer to Hot Springs I seen some on the trees near the trail but none that I was unable to avoid. I hiked first 2 weeks of May 09

02-06-2011, 19:04
I saw a ton of poison ivy just north of Pearisburg, before the serious ascent of Peters Mountain. The trail was overgrown to boot, and I was carefully moving tendrils away with my poles. Fortunately, I don't think that I'm terribly sensitive to poison ivy and did not have any symptoms.

02-06-2011, 19:09
You only have to worry about it south of Maine and below 4,000 ft. ;).
Unless the trail crews take care of it you will deal with it from time to time, mostly at the edges of fields and along roads.

02-06-2011, 19:28
Just be leery of it anywhere the trail is overgrown .
Also be aware where the trail empties into a field or shoulders road crossings. The trail does this with regurality in SNP with 48 crossings of the Skyline Drive.