Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail - is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troutville, VA 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.
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
A beautiful winter hike. Andy Lane Trail is good exercise as you near the AT. Lots of uphill without switchbacks.
A bit muddy today with a lot of slipping and sliding snow at the top great family hike.
I enjoyed this hike thoroughly. I didn't encounter other people until well into my descent. Prior to heading out, I read a number of reviews. What they failed to mention is how the laws of physics are distorted by the Andy Layne Trail. The climb is steady for about 100 miles, but the descent is only 3.8? Weird...
Just kidding of course, but be prepared for a long ascent. Wear sturdy boots and carry enough water to stay hydrated, as there isn't a water source (usable) between the trailhead and Tinker Cliffs. The views from the top are wonderful, and the ledge is long enough to accommodate lots of simultaneous visitors.
4/5 for difficulty and a 5/5 for views! You cant go wrong with this hike! Not only will you get an amazing leg workout, but you will get amazing views without a crowd (unless you go with one)
Bridge is still out, but there is a make shift one with rocks! BEWARE! you might as well walk further down stream to cross or plan to get wet because the makeshift bridge is very wobbly!
Did 40 miles southbound on AT from tinker cliffs to dragons tooth. Slipped coming down dragons tooth and stuck the blunt end of my right trekking pole thru my mouth... 6 hours in Salem ER.. great hike though