McAfee Knob

Roanoke, Virginia 24155

McAfee Knob

McAfee Knob Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Take a hike to the outcrop of McAfee Knob, arguably the icon of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Virginia. Start at busy VA 311 and trace the A.T. northbound along Catawba Mountain. Th e moderate hike skirts past two trail shelters then works up the slope of McAfee Knob."

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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"There’s a good reason why this spot is famous: A pleasant hike coupled with a striking rock outcropping makes for a good day and good pictures. Plus, standing on McAfee Knob can make you feel like you are on top of the world!" Read more
Five-Star Trails: Roanoke and the New River Valley, Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"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
Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"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

McAfee Knob Reviews

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6/6/2018
Strenuous at times but the view is so worth it. The last 1.2 miles you feel like you’re never going to be there but eventually you will. Great experience overall
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3/2/2018
Great place to watch the sunrise!
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Trail Information

Roanoke
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,150 feet
Top Elevation
Views
Features
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641, www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #788 Covington/Allegheny Highlands; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Central VA Maps 3 and 4; USGS Catawba
Local Maps

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Dec 2018