View Full Version : best driving routes around damascus

03-22-2011, 16:15
i'll be driving south on route 81 to hit the elk garden trail head, and wondered if i should --

get off in Chilhowie at exit 35 and take 600, or should i get off at exit 50 in Marion or in Atkins at exit 45, then go through troutdale and down to 58 and over, or just take 603?

then, when driving from damascus to Dickey Gap should i take 58 the whole way over to 16 or take 58 and 603?

i know i have too much time to plan this hike... i'm down to optimizing the drive!!! Not sure about which roads are in reasonable shape right now.