Tinker Cliffs

Daleville, Virginia 24083

Tinker Cliffs

Tinker Cliffs Professional Guide

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"Tinker Cliffs features some of the finest panoramas in Western Virginia. And the hike—with a 1,500-foot climb—has other rewards, too, such as two streams and views of Tinker Cliffs en route. A well constructed trail with multiple switchbacks eases the ascent to one of the Roanoke Valley’s iconic destinations."

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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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"The destination of this strenuous hike is Tinker Cliffs, a dramatic rock wall that stretches for 0.5 mile near the crest of Tinker Mountain. With inspiring views, the cliffs look down onto bucolic Catawba Valley and out to McAfee Knob, Dragons Tooth, North Mountain, and other ridgelines to the west. A walk beside two streams and through open pasturelands adds to the beauty of the hike. This journey follows the A.T. for only 2.0 miles, but it lives up to the spirit of this book because the other 6.2 miles are along a former route of the A.T." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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"On this challenging and rewarding hike, find out how Scorched Earth Gap got its name and climb to Tinker Cliffs, the first of the three jewels in Virginia’s Triple Crown. Whether you’re speaking literally or figuratively, it’s a hike to get up to Tinker Cliffs, but it is a hike worth tackling. As you make your way uphill to the first point in the state’s Triple Crown (McAfee Knob [Trip 47] and Dragon’s Tooth [Trip 48] are the other two), you can comfort yourself knowing that the return route is (mostly) downhill. From the parking area, look for the start of yellow-blazed Andy Layne Trail and start following it into the woods." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
1,480 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,900 feet
Top Elevation
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 Catawba, Daleville
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Dec 2018