McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 230 reviews

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.

7.7 miles 1725 feet Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Base elevation is the elevation given at the parking area, 2,000'. The peak at McAfee Knob is 3,171'.

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1 day ago

Had a blast. First trail of the new year. Will definitely do this one again. Took three dogs with us. They had fun too!

1 day ago

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

Great hike!
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.

2 days ago

very nice trail. it gets crowded on the weekends so get there early if you're doing it on a Saturday

3 days ago

beautiful hike

3 days ago

My favorite hike so far. Amazing views though it can be a bit crowded where it's so poplar

7 days ago

Loved it! Was worth the somewhat long hike from the parking lot.

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail!

10 days ago

10 days ago

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!

17 days ago

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1 month ago

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!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

great trail. knob was awesome to stand out on.