Catawba Mountain (VA 311) to Andy Layne Trail (VA 779) – RATC Hike #4

We’ll meet at the Andy Lane Trailhead and then shuttle people to the start of the hike at the 311 parking lot. This is a 12.7-mile STRENUOUS hike. Car pool fee: $2.00

This hike offers the opportunity to see two of the prime vistas on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs, in one day. The hike starts across from the large gravel AT crossing parking lot on VA 311. The trail climbs gradually to McAfee’s Knob, passing John’s Spring Shelter at 1 mile and Catawba Mountain shelter at 3 miles. At 3.7 miles you’ll reach a short blue-blazed trail on left to McAfee Knob. The cliffs there offer magnificent views of the Catawba Valley and the city of Roanoke. The trail then follows the the ridge line to Tinker Cliffs at 8.6 miles, with views of McAfee Knob and North Mountain. Continue north on the AT for another half mile to Scorched Earth Gap. Go left on the Andy Layne Trail for descent to VA 779 / Catawba Road.