Sanders Road Picnic Area
The Sanders Road Picnic Area was opened in 1956 as a means of consolidating the smaller picnic facilities scattered around the mountain. The result, complete with rest rooms and innumerable quiet, shaded tables, is a valuable resource for tourists and residents alike. Sanders Road, named for Senator Newell Sanders, was originally built as a connection between Ochs Highway (then known as the St. Elmo turnpike) and the Cravens House.
Signs will direct you to the Picnic Area from Scenic Highway (turn left a short distance after crossing the Incline) or Ochs Highway (turn right about halfway up the mountain). Although the Picnic Area is typically closed during the winter, there is room to park outside the gate at either entrance.
Start Your Hike
From the picnic area, you can walk downhill on the Whiteside Trail or follow the old road upward and then across on the Shingle Trail to reach the Glen Falls Trail. Adventurous hikers may stay on the Whtieside Road past its intersection with the Shingle Trail, do a bit of off-trail hiking to reach and cross Scenic Highway, and connect with the upper end of the Hardy Trail near the Mountain Beautiful trail intersection (this route is recommended only for the winter months when poison ivy and other hazards are reduced, but take care in any season).
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