Daleville (US 220 ) to Andy Layne Trail (VA 779 / Catawba Road) – RATC Hike #3

We’ll meet at the Andy Lane Trailhead off Catawba Rd and then shuttle everyone to the start of the hike in Daleville. Car pool fee is $2.00. This is a strenuous hike!!

The hike is just north of Roanoke, starting in Daleville and ending in the Catawba Valley. Starting from the Park and Ride off Exit 150B of I-81 on US 220 near Daleville, follow the spur trail a short ways to pick up the AT.  Cross a concrete bridge over Tinker Creek at 0.5 miles and then begin a steep climb up Tinker Mountain. The ridge walk brings some good views and passes under large power lines before reaching Hay Rock at 4 miles. Hay Rock is a massive fragment of tilted sandstone that forms the backbone of Tinker Ridge; a climb to the top provides fine views. The trail then runs along the ridge of Tinker Mountain with views to the left of Carvins Cove Reservoir, a huge conservation easement owned by the City of Roanoke. Cross Lamberts Meadow Spring (usually reliable water source – always treat water!)) and reach Lamberts Meadow Shelter at 9.5 miles. Ascend steeply to Scorched Earth Gap and intersect the Andy Lane Trail at 10 miles. Turn right onto the Andy Lane Trail (not part of the AT) and descend steeply to the parking area.