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    Default Comers Creek Bridge is unsafe, do not use (SW Virginia)

    The footbridge over Comers Creek has recently been found to be unsafe and should not be used. This is at northbound mile 518.8, 1.3 miles south of the Dickey Gap trailhead near the junction of Comers Creek Road and Virginia Highway 16. Signs are posted on the bridge recommending the following alternatives:

    1. Ford the creek. Please use caution, and do not attempt if the water is high.

    2. NORTHBOUND HIKERS: backtrack to the junction with blue-blazed Comers Creek Falls Trail. Follow that trail 0.25 miles to gravel Homestead Road. Turn left on Homestead Road and follow it 0.5 miles to junction with Virginia Highway 16. Turn left again, and walk along the shoulder of Highway 16 for 0.6 miles to Comers Creek Road (VA-650). USE CAUTION WALKING HWY 16; STAY OFF THE ROAD. There is an A.T. parking lot and kiosk here, known as Dickey Gap trailhead. Rejoin the A.T. northbound where it crosses Comers Creek Road. Total reroute distance: 1.3 miles.

    SOUTHBOUND HIKERS: follow the directions above in reverse. (Backtrack to VA-16/Dickey Gap. Follow VA-16 uphill to Homestead Road, turn right. Follow Homestead Road to Comers Creek Falls parking area. Take Comers Creek Falls Trail to A.T. junction.)

    The official flyer is here.
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    Does anyone have any update as to whether the bridge is still considered unsafe? And is it really unsafe or just has some missing boards or something similar and is still passable with caution?

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    Matt, are you at the planning stage with your inquiry or actually on the trail now? Your question is very valid, but, although I live within a short distance o the Comers Creek crossing, I do not know the answer. What I do know is that I grew up in Edinburg, graduated EHS, later taught in Mission. Having said that, if going through the Highlands is still in your future, I would like to help you any way I can. Please message me if you would like a contact in this region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SawnieRobertson View Post
    Matt, are you at the planning stage with your inquiry or actually on the trail now? Your question is very valid, but, although I live within a short distance o the Comers Creek crossing, I do not know the answer. What I do know is that I grew up in Edinburg, graduated EHS, later taught in Mission. Having said that, if going through the Highlands is still in your future, I would like to help you any way I can. Please message me if you would like a contact in this region.
    Heading there this week. I don't live in TX anymore, time to update my profile! I have hiked that section a couple of times and I'm guessing that the water level is low enough now I can rock hop across the stream, or wade in worst case. Thanks for the offer.

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    Good luck.The creek beside my home is flowing well, but we have gone several days with no rain. Today, a light shower, but then nothing. Have a good time out there.
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    Four days ago I walked across this bridge in the dark before sunrise. It wasnít taped off or blocked in any way. There was a sign on it saying Corners Creek Bridge is unsafe. I didnít skip a step and walked over it while wondering where Corners Creek Bridge is! Hiker brain.

    If you want to ford the creek the water is very low. Can probably do it without getting your feet wet.

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