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hiking
3 hours ago

A good hike with moderately difficult inclines both up and down. Rewards are interesting historical tidbits and gorgeous views. Unpleasantly crowded today.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike. However going counter clockwise thru the loop, after the first overlook (1.5 miles) there are several rock piles across the trail and rocks off and on for the next mile or two. Be sure to wear the proper shoes and take care. The overlooks are quite spectacular. I was however disappointed at Signal Knob overlook looking west as the small Maple trees have grown to block a lot of the view that was so breathtaking just a couple of years ago. I hope the trail maintenance crew in that area can trim those back as the view really has been compromised. Saw 4 solo's and 3 pairs of hikers all day. Temps in the 50's and cloudy.

backpacking
6 days ago

Just got back from an overnight with my husband and our dog from Half Moon Mountain. We had a late start on Friday evening (only two hours before sunset) and knew we had to move quickly if we didn’t want to set up camp/ find a site in the dark. We hiked the loop counter clockwise per other users recommendations. We found a camp site (one of the only sites left!) about 3.5 miles in next to a stream. We definitely weren’t alone, surrounded by about 7 other tents but it didn’t bother us. The walk there was mostly uphill, up and down quite a few steep gullies. It was hard work, but nothing horrible, considering we had 20lb packs and we also were practically jogging, trying to beat the sun. The stream worked out perfectly to replenish our water before we left the next morning to finish the loop. When we started hiking the next day, it was straight uphill from the campsite till the summit. Reached the summit in about an hour and a half from camp and had the place to ourselves. When we came down we had a portion of maybe 1.5-2 miles of VERY steep trail. I was SO GLAD we had hiked counter clockwise when I saw what I would have had to walk up if I had gone the original way of the loop. After that it leveled to a grassy, wide walkway. Wowwww that felt good on the knees after all the steep, rocky downhill. From there we continued on to pass many streams. I recommend waterproof shoes for sure. There was a tricky part at one of the stream crossings where the correct way to go didn’t even seem to have a trail, but we had used GPS so we could see we needed to keep going straight (literally almost in the stream) and then after about 5 mins the trail became clearly visible again. I’m not sure if it’s because of the amount of rain we’ve had this summer, but the blazes were very faded in a lot of sections. After all the stream crossings it was a lot of rolling hills, grassy, muddy, small rocks. Great hike overall. I agree with the other users saying this hike is more ‘hard’ than moderate because of the one, very steep and rocky section, otherwise moderate terrain and elevation. Campsites are very limited. On the summit we only spotted about 3 sites. Where we stayed, was the most plentiful. View is outstanding and a nice chilly wind comes off the summit. I would definitely do it again. Also, although we saw maybe 10 people when we camped, we only saw two other people on the trail the entire day. If solitude is your thing, this would be a good day hike. Lots of freshwater sources for backpackers and dogs!

hiking
7 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.

Nice hike. A group of us did it after the marathon/half marathon October 2018. It was a bit much for the day after the race, but the view at the top was worth it.

Great hike. One of my first solo hikes. I was a bit nervous alone, but it was so well marked and a decent amount of people on the trail. There’s a long walk from the parking lot to the trail head and then another walk to the actual trail head of the loop. Stop by the visitors center first.

Tough uphill but evens out and gets easier about halfway through.

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.

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
12 days ago

My husband and I are not experienced hikers so this “moderate” trail was actually challenging to us. It’s uphill all the way! Once you get up to the top ( took us an hour and a half— we took the 3.0 mile option), the view of the rivers Potomac and Shenandoah, and the town of Harpers Ferry below you is well worth the tired feet. We were there Oct 6th. Plan to go back to the area in a couple weeks to see the fall colors. It’s still pretty green there now.

Great hike. Loved some of the views. The markings could have been a lil better but over all would do this again.

Some nice views and facilities. The trail is very well marked.

hiking
16 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
17 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.

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

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!

Trail was wet/slippery on Saturday. Beautiful hike. Met many nice hikers on Saturday!

I loved this hike

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.

Nice quick day hike, the Stone Fort portion is significantly less crowded than the Overlook trail. Pretty wooded scenery all around, and a decent uphill climb to get to the ridge. There are several historical stops along the way. Bring plenty of water/electrolytes if it's warm. Near the stone fort and the armory the trail does get overgrown with vegetation but we had no problem with staying on the trail. The Overlook portion offers stunning views of Harpers Ferry. That portion of the trail is quite crowded. Overall certain parts of the trail are uneven and/or rocky, but I wore running shoes, not hiking shoes, and I had no problem. Hiking specific footwear would be better in rainy weather or for those needing the extra support. Any healthy dog (or human) can do this trail, however this ain't your granddad's trail. Took us around 3 hours and that was a very leisurely pace.

TL;DR Worth the climb if you want to get a decent day hike in, more moderate than difficult, many historic stops along the way.

After a friend of ours bought property in the Catoctin mountains, my husband fell in love with it. Few months ago, we took a trip to Gettysburg and decided to spontaneously get tattoos. He got Chimney Rock inside his tattoo even though we have never seen it. Last weekend, we took the trail and saw it for the first time and it was breath-taking.

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!

Very fun. Took the blue trail, tough climb at the beginning which is why Abe Lincoln didn’t get to see the guns at the top. Some great views but the trail is overgrown in places. Use the app to find your way of off course. The overlook is breathtaking. Took the goat trail down from there. Fun but challenging. Great day.

Definitely worth it but it is difficult. For someone who doesn’t hike a lot, it will take a while to do the climb in and out of the overlook trail. The views of Harpers Ferry from the overlook are spectacular. The green and red trails are well marked

hiking
28 days ago

Poor markers, I would rate this moderate. The first mile is really steep and then it’s pretty flat and easy. Still a great hike!

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

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