Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail - is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troutville, Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Offers beautiful views south of the Catabwa Valley and McAfee Knob area. Trail runs thru private farm and requires climbing a few fence ladders [to prevent those cows from straying]. There's a pretty neat trail bridge that crosses a stream. Once past all this there is a moderate but continual incline. Views at the cliffs are the big payoff.
We had a good time and enjoyed the view.
nice slow climb with a great view of the valley at the top
Great hike moderately difficult staircase. Low traffic and amazing view. Looks over Catawba Valley over to McAfee and West by God
Awesome hike great views
Awesome trail and great views
This was a really nice hike, although strenuous. Saw forest, fields of flowers, crossed 2 bridges, and of course fantastic views at the top.
Fantastic hike. A fair warning to novice hikers such as myself; this trail is no walk in the park. It's an uphill battle all the way to the top. Be sure to bring plenty of water. That being said, the views at the top are extraordinary and make the trek well worth it. Overall great hike with lots to see from start to finish.
4 miles to the top, definitely worth it. I didn't like the first part of the trail where you have to walk down the hill, knowing that you're going to have to walk back up that part at the end, a few slippery muddy spots, and lots of poison ivy. What I did like was crossing a field of flowers, a couple of very cool wooden plank log bridges, and huge rock formations with deep crevices. Once on the top, a spectacular sunset view if you stay long enough and a nice cool breeze.
This is one muddy trail when it rains. Very steep and slick in spots. Once half way up, the trail starts a switchback route which makes it more bearable. Within the first mile, the trail narrows and treks through tall wild flowers. Hikers allergic to bees beware! There were many but none bothered me as a made my way through. The views from the cliffs are beautiful and well worth the steep climb from.the larking area.
Beautiful! Great view of Catawba valley and scenery along the way. A few trees over the path that you have to go around but other than that very well maintained trail with light traffic in the morning.
Amazing view, great climb. Saw a black bear, bald eagle, and a frog!
Not a lot of view beyond the trees, but still beautiful and not too hard at all!
Great, but careful with the rain.
This trail was beautiful but HARD!!!! At least 50% was uphill and it took us 2 hours to get to Tinker Cliffs at a steady pace. Great views at the top! All told, 8+ miles.
Great trail for most all abilities.
Great view at the top