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Roadside signs like this
will be set up to guide
attendees from US Rt 50
into Timber Ridge Camp,
and then back out.
FootFall Road Sign For Washington area
traffic reports, "every
10 minutes on the 8's"

tune to WTOP radio,
103.5 FM.

Google Maps has fixed the old errors in their database near Timber Ridge camp, and now can find the camp by name, as "timber ridge camp, high view, wv". Mapquest and Bing Maps don't do as well near Timber Ridge.

For GPS, a latitude/longitude location for Timber Ridge camp is: 39.229320, -78.464480

FROM THE EAST:

Our preferred Friday Rush Hour route from the Washington area is to take the Dulles Toll Rd (VA Route 267) west from the Washington Beltway (I-495), continuing on the Dulles Greenway (also Route 267, with tolls), then VA Rt 7 west to Winchester. This route has lots of traffic, and has tolls, but it is not as vulnerable to rain and accidents as I-66. As of August 2011, the total tolls are $6.50 during rush hour (weekdays: 6:30 am to 9:00 am eastbound, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm westbound) and $5.70 otherwise, payable in cash or with E-ZPass. It is fastest to go around the north end of Winchester by taking I-81 North to Route 37 South. Here are Google Maps directions (Bing Maps) for this route. To avoid tolls, here are Google Maps directions to take VA Rt 7 west all the way from the Washington Beltway (I-495), but note that during evening rush hour, VA Rt 7 westbound is very heavily travelled and often slow at least until you get to Leesburg, VA.

ALTERNATIVES FROM THE EAST:

Here are Google Maps directions from Dulles Airport, via the Greenway and VA Rt 7 west.

Another option for coming from Washington, D.C. is to use Interstate Route 66 to the west. Here are Google Maps directions for that route. That route is toll-free and fairly straightforward, but is very heavily travelled from the Washington Beltway (I-495) west to Gainesville (where US Rt 29 turns south). During the normal Friday afternoon commute/escape, I-66 can get really slow, especially in rainy weather. While Google Maps says "up to 2 hours 10 mins in traffic", I would allow at least 2.5 hours to travel from the Washington Beltway (I-495) to Timber Ridge Camp on a Friday afternoon.

Yet another option for coming from Washington, D.C. is to use Interstate Route 66 to VA Route 50 to the west, as Google Maps suggests.

FROM THE WEST:

If you're coming from the west on Route 50, the drive from Capon Bridge south to Timber Ridge Camp is about 7.5 miles. From US Rt 50, go south on Christian Church Rd, NOT Cacapon River Rd. After about 5.5 miles, you will turn right onto Hooks Mill Road, joining the directions below at step 7. Here are Google Maps directions. It's a pretty drive, but has some very sharp corners, so stay alert and watch your speed.

FROM THE RTE 37/50 INTERSECTION NEAR WINCHESTER:

Here are Timber Ridge camp's own Directions, which start at the intersection of Route 37 and Route 50, on the west side of Winchester, VA.

Here are some landmarks and mileage readings starting at the exit from Route 37 onto Route 50, on the west side of Winchester, VA:

  1. From Route 37, take the exit for Route 50 West (toward Romney). If you took the Dulles Toll Rd/Rt 7 and so are going south on 37, turn right on Route 50. If you took I-66 and so are going north on 37, turn left on Route 50. If you drove through Winchester to get there, then you're already on Route 50.
  2. Go 10.7 miles on Route 50 to the Gore Volunteer Fire station - this is a large dark green and tan cinder-block building on your right, usually well lit at night. When you pass the fire station, get into the left hand lane of Route 50.
  3. Go 0.5 miles further on Route 50 beyond the fire station and make a LEFT turn onto Route 259.
  4. Go 4.3 miles on Route 259 to the West Virginia state line sign.
  5. Go 0.4 miles further on Route 259 and make a RIGHT turn onto CR-13 - this is the first right turn after the state line, and just past the large white buildings of a former farm equipment dealership on your right.
  6. Go 1.6 miles TOTAL on CR-13: After 1.1 miles, bear RIGHT (a branch of CR-13 joins there). After another 0.3 miles you will drive between a red brick Church and the red brick Church office. Just 0.2 miles beyond the church make a LEFT onto Hooks Mill Road (confusingly labeled CR-13/3). Watch for oncoming traffic!
    FOR EVERYONE -- FROM THE EAST OR WEST:
  7. Go 1.4 miles on Hooks Mill Road (CR-13/3), mostly downhill, until you see a "Dead End" sign and a big Timber Ridge sign and the pavement ends. Turn LEFT onto a gravel road. (Some maps might tell you to go straight here. If so, they are wrong. The road they think you can take isn't there any more. Going straight is a farm driveway.)
  8. Go 0.2 miles uphill to a fork, and take the RIGHT fork, then it's 0.3 miles to the camp gate. Enter the camp and after .2 miles you will bear RIGHT and start going down a hill.
  9. Follow the camp road all the way down the hill, avoiding turning left until the bottom, then turn LEFT and go a few hundred feet to the purple A-Frame, on your right.
  10. If you need an immediate pitstop before checking in, the small concrete block building just past the A-Frame (on the same side of the road) has bathroom facilities.
NOTE FOR GPS/MAP SERVICE USERS
  • Neither MapQuest nor Bing can find Timber Ridge Camp by name. Google Maps can, as "timber ridge camp, high view, wv".
  • Some GPS or map services will tell you to turn right off Route 259 one road AFTER where the big Timber Ridge Camp sign is (and where we'll place a FootFall sign). That's okay. BOTH right turns are labeled CR-13, and they meet just before you pass the church (see step 6 above). So either turn will work. When in doubt, FOLLOW THE FOOTFALL SIGNS.
  • Microsoft Bing Maps has the highest resolution aerial images that I have found of Timber Ridge camp. Follow this link, then zoom in ALL the way and click on "Aerial" along the top border of the map. You can easily see that the nonexistent roads discussed below really don't exist.

Caution about nonexistent roads that Mapquest and Bing Maps show near Timber Ridge Camp: They both show Hooks Mill Rd as continuing onward after the Timber Ridge Camp turnoff, crossing the Cacapon River to end at Cacapon River Rd. Maybe it once did so, but now Hooks Mill Rd dead-ends quickly, at the next farm. Mapquest shows another entry road into Timber Ridge Camp, reachable by turning off of Hooks Mill Rd about 1/5 mile earlier than our directions, but that also does not exist. And Bing shows a THIRD nonexistent road into TR, starting at the (also nonexistent) bridge on Hooks Mill Rd. We strongly recommend, for the last few miles (from Route 259 to the Camp), that you use Google Maps, or the Directions to Timber Ridge Camp, or the directions above from step 3, and follow the FootFall signs!!