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Here's how to find your way to PATH's camp sites.


 

Directions to PATH camp sites

 

Directions to Wytheville, VA

From the Research Triangle area or Greensboro take I-40 and Business I-40 west to Winston-Salem and then take U.S. 52-I-74 north. [If you miss the exit for Business I-40 continue west on I-40 until the U.S. 52 exit and head north]

Follow U.S. 52-I-74 until they split just south of Mt. Airy, NC and follow I-74 west to I-77 and head north until it merges with I-81.Be careful not to take the I-81 exit to Roanoke. Just continue straight ahead on I-77 until it turns, merges with I-81 and heads to Wytheville, VA.

At Wytheville I-77and I-81 separate.

From here, the direction depends on the campsite we are staying at. For most of the work trips is the campsite is the US Forest Service's Stony Fork Campground but the first few work trips each year or on special work trips we may stay at the US Forest Service's Sugar Grove Station .

Directions to U.S. Forest Service Stony Fork Campground

From I-81 and I-77 split in Wytheville, follow I-77 north (exits to the right) towards Bluefield, W. VA. [If you see the U.S. 21 exit you've gone too far so turn around and backtrack keeping your eyes open for the I-77 heading north to Bluefield, West Virginia]

Follow I-77 about 6 miles, exit onto VA 717 and go left 4 miles to US. Forest Service Stony Fork campground. [The VA 717 exit is very easy to miss as you are speeding downhill on I-77 north so keep your eyes peeled. Missing this exit will bring you to the Big Walker Mountain tunnel through which you should continue. Turn around on the other side and come back. Soon after emerging from the tunnel again, exit to to the right onto VA 717. Go 4 miles and turn left into the U.S. Forest Service Stony Fork Campground.]

Directions to U.S. Forest Service Wytheville Station

From I-81 - I-77 split in Wytheville, proceed straight ahead on I-81. In a mile or two take the US 21-52 exit.

Turn left onto US 21-52 and drive for about a mile or so and turn right onto E Pine and go to US 11. If you miss E Pine, W. Spiller will also take you to US 11. You will see a Pizza Hut or a car dealership on US 11.

Turn right and in a mile or so you will see the Ranger Station on the left.

Turn left onto the street just before it and follow its bend around to the right. We meet in the back parking lot of the Station.

From Stony Fork Campground turn left onto VA 717.

At the stop sign (about 1/4 mile) turn left onto US 52 and continue on until you see I-81 in about 5 miles. Drive under I-81 and look for E. Pine in about a mile. Follow directions above.

Directions to USFS Sugar Grove Station (Konnarock Camp)

Follow Interstate 81 to Marion, VA, which is 29 miles south of Wytheville, VA.

Get off at EXIT 45 when you get to Marion

Turn east (left) onto US 16 and go 10 miles until you come to the VA 601 intersection in the village of Sugar Grove. [There is a very small sign (especially at night) for VA 601. Here, the most obvious sign is on the left and is for Hounds-Something-or-Other Campground]

Turn left onto VA 601 and go about a mile. Along the way there is a place where the road may appear to fork. Take the left fork.

After crossing a bridge turn left into the US Forest Service driveway on the left.

If you miss this signed driveway you'll come across another USFS sign but the gate there will be locked so turn around and come in at the first gate.

Facilities at Campsites

Stony Fork Campground

If you get here early before any PATH members, set your tent up on the first few campsites in from the entrance. Tell the camp hosts you belong to PATH if there is an inquiry. There is no charge because you are a US Forest Service volunteer.The campground officially closes at 10:00 pm. However, even if you can't be there by then, come anyway! If the gate seems locked check the combination lock carefully to be sure. If it is, walk in straight ahead until you see a PATH sign or a gathering of people around a fire at the first campsite on your right. Failing that, check with anyone you encounter in the next several campsites. They will mostly likely be PATH members. Somebody there will give you the combination for the lock which you should remember for future work trips this year. Drive in, lock the gate behind you and set your tent up with the PATH group. Check in with either Bill Boudman or Gordon Burgess if they are still awake. If not check in the next morning. PATH heads to the Wytheville USFS Station between 7:00-8:00am to obtain tools and an assignment. Follow someone to the station. If you want to eat breakfast at a restaurant before going to the USFS you have to be ready to go earlier (6:30). We usually eat breakfast at a restaurant in Wytheville and then go over to the USFS Station to lay out the tools for the day's work.

The facilities are as follows:

  • Tent, trailer or RV sites.
  • Bathroom with showers with hot water after official opening in the spring.
  • Flush toilets.
  • Water spigots near sites.
  • Picnic Tables

USFS Sugar Grove Station

This where the Appalachian Trail Conference's Konnarock volunteer seasonal crew's headquarters as well as USFS station.

  • Sleeping pods: these are small unheated buildings that contain 2-3 single beds with mattresses.
  • Showers with hot and cold water in season.
  • Flush toilets
  • Kitchen
  • Large meeting room with wood stove, chairs , couches, and tables

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