McAfee Knob Appalachian Trial Hike

McAfee Knob is the most photographed site along the Appalachian Trail which crosses 14 states along its 2,178 mile trail from Georgia to Maine. In Virginia, McAfee Knob is the Appalachian Trail’s poster and postcard image. The hype is supported by the reality. McAfee Knob is the jutting end of a crazily tilted rocky mountain, sticking out into thin air like a diving platform. The view from the Knob sweeps around 270 degrees (everything except through the forest behind), surveying the Catawba Valley and North Mountain to the west, Tinker Cliffs to the north, and the Roanoke Valley to the east. Hike length is an 8 mile round trip (out and back).

Difficulty for this hike should be considered moderately difficult to strenuous – gradual uphill on the way to the Knob and the return is downhill.

We’ll meet at the Park and Ride in front of the Orange Market at 9:45 and carpool to the trailhead parking lot located about 20 minutes away on Rt. 311. Please bring appropriate foot wear and plenty of water and snacks.

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