"Take a hike to the outcrop of McAfee Knob, arguably the icon of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Start at busy VA 311 and trace the AT northbound along Catawba Mountain. The moderate hike skirts past two trail shelters then works up the slope of McAfee Knob. Emerge onto a long brow of overhanging rock, where a mass of mountainlands extends to the horizon. A ?re road o?ers an alternate return route." Read more
"McAfee Knob, an overhanging rock ledge with outstanding views, is the destination of this day hike. From the ledges, you can see both the Catawba and Roanoke Valleys, as well as the mountain ridges to the north and the west. To the right, view Tinker Cliffs; to the left, across the valley, view North Mountain, the former site of the A.T.
From the parking area at VA 311, head north on the A.T. by crossing the road (carefully, because southbound traffic has limited visibility), and pass under two power lines. Turn left and begin to climb the ridge along switchbacks. Hike 0.25 mile to the crest of the ridge, bear right, and climb along an old woods road for 0.1 mile; follow the rocky crest of the ridge to your right. Begin to descend, heading right, and rejoin the old woods road. Turn right, leave the road, and arrive at a bulletin board (to your left)." Read more