McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salem, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Base elevation is the elevation given at the parking area, 2,000'. The peak at McAfee Knob is 3,171'.
Had a blast. First trail of the new year. Will definitely do this one again. Took three dogs with us. They had fun too!
I wouldn't suggest this trail for people new to hiking. Arrive early as the parking lot fills up quickly & back your car into the spot you choose. Take caution crossing the street to the trail as cars fly by on the road.
There is a bit of an up & down feeling on the beginning half of the trail. When you get to the 1.3 miles to the overlook sign the incline increases drastically! Don't be afraid to take a break if you feel fatigued.
Once you reach mcafee's knob overlook, you'll forget how tough that climb to get there was. It is the perfect spot to sit, eat lunch or a snack & enjoy the amazing view & rock formations. Be careful up there as it can be dangerous on windy days.
very nice trail. it gets crowded on the weekends so get there early if you're doing it on a Saturday
My favorite hike so far. Amazing views though it can be a bit crowded where it's so poplar
Loved it! Was worth the somewhat long hike from the parking lot.
Absolutely beautiful trail!
One of my favorite hikes and great for beginners! You can take the fire lane almost to the top for a more mild climb or talk the trail for more of a work out. Great view at the top!
It was a good hike and as I'm not a "beginner" I definitely am not "advanced" either and this trail offered a good workout that keeps your heart beating! It starts off just plain evil but calms down very quick (thankfully) and after the fire road crosses the trail becomes a slow and steady incline up to the top! Went through a muddy spot which sucked but I'm sure it's not like that all year long! The views are amazing, as well as watching the clouds roll over the mountain! The giant rocks are so beautiful and the birds and wildlife I seen were so pretty! Gets pretty chilly up too so make sure you have proper clothes!
great trail. knob was awesome to stand out on.