This tour begins at Thorn Spring Park, which is reached by taking
U. S. Rt. 220 south from Franklin 3.2 miles to a left turn onto
Dry Run Road and proceeding 0.7 miles to the park. Vehicles may
be parked on the perimeter of the playing fields and by the rail
fence along the main drive.
Begin the tour by turning right onto Dry Run Road and at 0.4 miles,
turn right. At 0.5 miles, cross over Thorn Creek and bear right,
beginning ascent of Sandy Ridge Road. At 1.7 miles the road levels
out passing by modest roadside hunting camps. At 2.1 miles
fields become interspersed with woods, and the road follows the
contours of the rolling countryside.
At 5.2 miles, turn left onto Moyers Gap Road (Rt. 25) for a 2-mile
descent, bearing slightly left at 7.3 miles, as the road trends
right to connect with Thorn Creek Road (locally known as Upper Thorn
Road). At 7.8 miles, turn left onto Thorn Creek Road (Rt. 20) (locally
known as Lower Thorn Road) and begin a leisurely descent along the
banks of the creek, shaded by sycamore trees with their distinctive
mottled, peeling bark.
At 10.4 miles, the road ascends for a short distance, as the narrowing
passageway does not provide enough room for both road and creek.
At 13.3 miles, begins a public fly-fishing-only section of the creek.
At 15.9 miles, turn right, go over the bridge, turn left and return
to the starting point Thorn Spring Park 0.5 miles away.