The official guide to 163 miles of the Appalachian Trail from the New River at Pearisburg, Va., south to the Tennessee line near the small town of Damascus, just outside the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area (highest point in the state), with additional description for the Iron Mountain Trail near the southern end. This guide is in a unidirectional format for trail-route descriptions (as opposed to separate sets of descriptions for each direction), with natural- and cultural-history nuggets on the facing pages from the route details and illustrative photographs. Each section includes a locator map with major nearby highways and an elevation miniprofile for the route within that section. The accompanying five waterproof, tear-resistant topographic maps (on three sheets) are scaled at 1:63,360 with 100-foot contour intervals and detailed elevation profiles.