McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salem, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. 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'.
The boys first hike! They loved every second of it. Mind over matter was the quote of the day!
Started the trail at dark to catch the sunrise at the knob. It was demanding, especially once we started racing the sun. The view is more than worth the climb. We watched the sunrise with one other group and had some peaceful time to ourselves once they departed. The climb down quickly became more crowded, but everyone on the trail was friendly. Overall, the trail was well marked and it was a wonderful day trip.
Hiked this a few years ago with some friends. Wasn't too difficult - we used the hard trail up. The view was breathtaking. Worth every step. We watched the sun set from the point.
On our way down one guy decided to take a "shortcut". We all know how that goes. Took us an hour and a half to find the trail again, and we found it with the last remnants of twilight. Trekked the road back to the car in pitch black for over another hour. Couldn't see our hands two inches from our faces.
I loved it all so much. Some friends are visiting from Mississippi this weekend, and they've never climbed mountains, so I'm taking them here.
THE HARDEST TRAIL IVE DONE PERIOD.... But the best payoff!! No negative remarks on this one. Great hike all together
Breathtaking view of God's created beauty! The final 1.3 mile hike to the top is the most demanding. Even though the trail is more crowded than what we like--easily encountered 100-150 students throughout the day (some very polite and some not) -we would recommend it!!
**Suggestion - try to get to the trail head early because, by 9 am Saturday, the parking lot was full and spots along side the road were being taken up quickly.
Great views. Amazing trail.
My first real hike with any decent elevation changes. Had a lot of fun. 2L of water was barely enough for me, but I saw a lot of people with much less. I was carrying quite a heavy load; tripod, DSLR camera, an MRE (didn't eat it), cellphone (I live streamed part of the hike), 2x USB battery chargers, etc. Go lighter, it'll be much easier. Totally worth it, though.
I carried my 2 year old on this trail. It was the perfect amount of challenge for the distance. Great view!
Great hike. Great views. Good for all ages and four legged friends too!
loved that there two trails to choose from. we took the AT up to the knob and the fire road back
Well groomed trail with friendly folks behind every bend. Panoramic Views at the top!
Incredible payoff. Worth every step.
The overlook at the peak has a lot more to offer than I had expected.There's more to see than just the one iconic knob. I will definitely be back.
We made a full day of it and hiked Dragon's Tooth after this one. Perfect combo for a day's worth of hiking.
I am 67 my wife is 68.It took us just short of 4 hours to get to the top.Was strenuous for us but well worth it.Amazing experience! Took fire road down in just over 2 hours. Glad we did it.
It was my first ever hike with my dad the last 1.3 miles is rough but it's worth the view at the end it's by far the most gorgeous place I've ever been to but u have to work for it
McAfee Knob is a great hike on the AT. It took us 4.5 hours because we spent an hour at the top. We started across the street from the parking area, which was full so we parked along Old Catawba Road about 50 yards down the hill. From the 2000' elevation sign, the next sign you reach you have a choice, hike the AT or take the mostly flat fire road along the ridgeline. We took the right fork to go the AT, got to pass some of the AT shelters and had some nice lower views of the rock walls going up. The trail actually starts down from the sign, but makes up for it later. Once you meet the fire road, you have about 1.5 miles of steady climb to the top where the world really opens up. Fabulous views and you can walk along the cliff a good ways. The top was a bit crowded and many walk their dogs (on leash), and everyone is happy to snap your photo on the overhang, it's the classic shot. Be careful along the edge. Took the fire road down; Catawba Mountain had some interesting rock formations along the way. Took 2.5 liters of water and hiking poles. Great experience, highly recommended.