The 4.1 mile Austin Gap Loop is a rugged, strenuous, highly scenic multi-use trail in the Pound, Virginia area of the Jefferson National Forest. It’s a historic foot-route that provided early settlers and Native Americans access into Kentucky through Austin Gap and a great way to access the Pine Mountain Trail. The elevation ranges from 1920 ft. to 2670 ft. This trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.
The trailhead, which is blazed blue, is beside VA630 and travels northwest about .75 mile before the loop begins. Austin Gap Loop intersects with the FT #201 Pine Mountain Trail on top of the mountain before descending to complete the loop.
Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #793. Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG): LAT 37.1653 LONG -82.5859
From Pound, travel north on US 23 to VA630/Almira Road. Turn right on VA630 and travel approximately 3 miles until you see the Austin Cemetery. The trailhead is across from the cemetery. Parking is allowed along the road.