This was a 7.2 mile hike (3.6 out and 3.6 back). The track is the return half.
It started just north of Interstate 81, between Atkins and Rural Retreat, Virginia. There's parking for three or four cars at the trail head, which is on a paved road. So, easy access.
The first section is a gentle uphill walk through a pasture. Then you cross a fence and head into the woods. There's several ups and downs along the way.
You'll also pass the remains of a shelter. All that's left is the floor, a picnic table and the toilet.
There were no leaves on the trees, so I got several nice views. In the summer you wouldn't get many after the pasture. My turn-around point was on top a peak. At this time of year, you get a 360 degree view. In the summer, probably very little.
By the way, Davis Valley Winery is near the trailhead.
Good parking. A couple of steep climbs, but not too horribly long. Shelter is gone.
Appalachian Trail, atkins, rural retreat, virginia