Cross country skiers enjoying our recent snowfalls at Elk Garden Gap in Southwest Virginia. Elk Garden is a beautiful meadow, or bald, found along Whitetop Mountain Road offering stunning views. The Appalachian Trail also crosses here -- leading to Whitetop Mountain to the west and Mt. Rogers and the Grayson Highlands to the east (map and description of this hike here). Two other trails are also found here: Elk Garden Trail and the VA Highlands Horse Trail.
Directions from Damascus, VA: Take Rt. 58 East 10.6 miles, continue straight onto County Road 603 (Konnarock Rd.) and drive 4.4 miles, turn right onto Route 600 (Whitetop Mountain Rd) and travel 3.3 miles to a well marked parking area on your right.