Damascus to Beartree Campground - Member Hike

Hike Name: Damascus to Beartree Campground
Country: United States
State: Virginia
Nearby Town: Damascus
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: from Damascus Virginia - pick up the AT and head E-NE where it re-enters the forest off hwy 58 just outside of town.
Total Hike Distance: 13.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Starts: in Damascus
Hike Ends: Beartree Campground
Trails Used: AT, Iron Mountain Trail,Beech Grove Trail, Lum Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/mr/recreation/camping/beartree.shtml

Best Season: Spring, Summer
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Horses
Road Conditions:
Hike Summary: While the rest of the family was biking the Virginia Creeper Trail, I hiked backed to our camp at Beartree after dropping the car off for them in Damascus.

I took the AT. At 2.5 miles there is a sign for the Iron Mountain Trail but I went a bit further on the AT and took the Beech Grove Spur up to Iron Mountain Trail. The IMT is pretty much a ridge top trail but descends down to a couple of gaps along the way. There are a couple of nice shelters along the way. The Lum Trail intersects the IMT and ends right at Beartree Campground



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