Hay Rock and Beyond

Daleville, Virginia 24083

Hay Rock and Beyond

Hay Rock and Beyond Professional Guide

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"Reap multiple Appalachian Trail rewards while climbing Tinker Mountain. Rock outcrops, upthrusts, and geological underpinnings present views galore and massive, tilted Hay Rock.

Continue the AT, viewing a long fortress-like wall, and finally reach a signed overlook where Carvins Cove Reservoir forms the centerpiece of an inspiring mountain panorama. This ultrascenic hike starts at a decidedly nonscenic location—a commuter parking lot off I-81."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"Hay Rock is an exposed and upturned portion of the sandstone spine of Tinker Mountain. A climb to the top of its sloping west face provides soaring views of McAfee Knob and Carvin Cove, the reservoir that supplies water to the city of Roanoke. The climb of approximately 1,000 feet is made easier by a series of switchbacks. Additional views are passed along the way. Follow the unmarked trail (actually an old road) from the back of the parking lot, intersect the A.T. in 0.2 mile, turn left to follow it to the south, and descend to cross Tinker Creek on a concrete bridge. Step over railroad tracks at 0.4 mile and rise to the first of numerous switchbacks at 1.5 miles. Soon after passing close to a private dirt road, the Trail climbs steeply to the top of Tinker Ridge at 2.0 miles for a view of I-81 passing through the Great Valley of Virginia, which is bordered on the east by Fullhardt Knob and other Blue Ridge Mountain summits." Read more

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Trail Information

Daleville
Nearby City
9.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,230 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,980 feet
Top Elevation
Views
Features
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Eastern Divide Ranger District, 110 Southpark Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; 540-552-4641; www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
National Geographic #788, Covington/Alleghany Highlands; USGS Daleville
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Dec 2018