McAfee Knob & Tinker Cliffs Hike #4

12.8 miles, Strenuous. $1.50 carpool fee. 16 miles from Roanoke.

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 A.T. crossing parking lot on Route 311. Be extremely careful crossing route 311, visibility for cars is limited and they are moving very fast. The trail climbs gradually to McAfee’s Knob, passing John’s Spring Shelter at 1.0 mile and Catawba Mountain shelter at 3.0 miles. At 3.7 miles you reach a short blue-blazed trail on the left to McAfee Knob. The cliffs there offer magnificent views of the Catawba Valley and the city of Roanoke. The trail then follows the ridge line to Tinker Cliffs at 8.6 miles with views of McAfee Knob and North Mountain. Continue north on the A.T. for another half mile to Scorched Earth Gap. Go left on the Andy Layne Trail for descent to Rt. 779.

Hike leader: David Socky. home 540-989-7693. cell 540-529-1591.