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hiking
1 day ago

Loved the canyon Vista and the rock garden made us kids again.

hiking
4 days ago

This is the classic AT trail in Virginia and a great one at that. A little muddy in parts due to recent rain, but trail was great. Jammed on a beautiful fall Saturday, but that’s to be expected. Made it to the top in about two hours (solo hiker, light load). About the same back (took it a little slower). A must do.

Absolutely beautiful, especially on an Autumn or Spring day.

One of the Iconic stops on the AT. good hike not too difficult. Fire road gives easy access up and back, but highly recommend Tinker Cliffs also.

backpacking
8 days ago

Hiked this with a friend the last weekend of September (2018). There was a lot of rain leading up to the trip, then great hiking weather. Waterfalls everywhere. Everywhere! It was absolutely beautiful. Trails were water logged and muddy, waterproof boots recommended. First backpacking I did in 21 years, so we took our time and spread it out over four days. Day one, Dutchman Falls to Sones Pond. Sones Pond to Worlds End. Worlds End to Haystacks. Haystacks to Dutchman Falls. Could have easily completed it in three days, but why bother. Because we went slow we added on the Butternut Trail loop and a section of Pioneer Road to Cottonwood Falls which were worth the views.

Make sure to visit the nature center at Worlds End. The people there are super friendly and accommodating. We met a woman on the board who wrote the trail guide and blazed many of the trails. Learned some fun bits of history from her. The nature center also has a small fortune in taxidermy worth checking out.

If you're planning on repeating our trip, don't camp at Haystacks your last day. The camping there isn't great. There is a great site we passed on the link trail right before the trail connects to PA-154 (near Pole Hill on the map). It's quite private from the road because of the elevation. We wish we camped there.

Will likely do this loop again. Or maybe rent a cabin and bring the family.

Did this with my sons... it was a well marked trail, and we didn’t get lost or turned around as I tend to do! Take plenty of water and watch out for copperheads. We saw a big one that blended in perfectly with the sand on the trail.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike does have great views, comparable to Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle, did it counter to save the views for the 2nd half of the hike. Didnt see many hawks but it wasnt peak season being August (from what im told this place gets amusement park packed during peak season which is late September to early October). The river of rocks was really cool, especially from the view point. Some rock climbing here and there with lots of rock hoping, but this is expected in rocksylvania so make sure you have some sturdy boots. Alot of info available on the trail and in the vistors center regarding wildlife, geology and history. Main downfall is the 10 dollar entrance fee, to me thats pretty steep but at least it goes to a good cause being a sanctuary and all.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely one of our favorite trails. Great trek, great views. We really enjoyed this one. We took the fire trail down to give our dogs a break. We learned you can also take the fire trail up.

great views ! spent the night at Campbell camp and watched the sunrise .

hiking
14 days ago

This is a phenomenal hike—highly enjoyable and satisfying. The trail is challenging for the first third of a mile and the last mile plus before the knob. The two miles in the middle (along the fire road) are very easy and relaxing. They are also satisfying b/c they are along the ridge and, while in the trees and shaded, offer glimpses of the magnificent views to come. Then the destination, the Knob, is spectacular, breathtaking both for its geology, with the intimidating overhangs, and the views that rival any you’ll encounter anywhere. For an added treat, there’s an excellent novel in which the Knob figures prominently: “Prayers the Devil Answers” by Sharyn McCrumb. Adds an extra level of interest to the hike.

Beautiful trails and water!!

Great hike. Views are great. Extremely crowded on the weekends. The fire road is also a good option to get to the top.

hiking
15 days ago

this was a great Trail really intense great for experience of rock climbing saw one of my favorite snakes on the trail timber rattlesnake it took me and my hubby a total of 6 hours to complete the entire loop really intense hiking on rocks sharp rocks stick snakes but a very beautiful great hike

Great hike with some of the best views I’ve seen!

My favorite hike yet. McAfee Knob challenges you in ways you wouldn’t know possible! Plan to spend several hours here as the trail itself is 3.9 miles out and 3.9 back. It took us 3.5 hours with minimal time at the top. Loved every second! Already planning on coming back soon!

I absolutely love this trail! With well marked trails and spectacular views I would definitely recommend taking the whole loop!

I loved this hike

hiking
21 days ago

Not one of my favorite trails in this park. For how difficult the incline is ( climbing rocks for half the hike) the view at the end was just not worth it to me. good hike if you're looking to burn calories but I would try another trail for the views...

great trail for a good work out. not too strenuous and fairly easy for those in little athletic shape. view at the middle and end are well worth the hike. I'd give yourself a good 2-3 hrs to give yourself time for breaks and just taking in the scenery

Good hike. Good views.

Having never been here before, I expected more than I got. However, I did take the fire trail instead of the actual terrain trail so I walked on sand or gravel the entire time! The view at the top was a little crowded with many people there, but it was really relaxing nonetheless. Would go back.

Stunning views. Worth the effort to reach the top. Not crowded; rain scared off some folks. Hike back was in pouring rain but still would do it again!

Easy trail! love the company!!

well worth the hike to make it to the end amazing scenery especially in the fall

Grew up hiking these trails with my family!!!

hiking
29 days ago

Worth the effort but definitely hike it counter clockwise, it’s easier to scramble up rocks than down!

hiking
1 month ago

Good spot to hike today, great weather started @ 930 probably a good time before the crowds started... did the orange & some red to do the one loop... saw a ton of sights up in the air, hawks & eagles.

this is one of my favorite trails in the area! some buddys of mine and me started it around 9am and went counter clockwise first part of the hike was brutal but worth the pain. we completed the whole loop in about 4 1/2 hours with take a few quick breaks for food and water. would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure

It wasnt quite as challenging as I expected it to be, but we had a great time anyways.

Definitely a popular hike and for good reason. The view at the top is breathtaking. The knob is fun but there will always be lines of people waiting to take pictures on it. Find a secluded spot and enjoy the amazing views!

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