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A little late but we went June 2017.A great hike and really refreshing after getting to the channels on a hot day.

Absolutely amazing at the top! I'd hike up this trail every week and would never get bored, as I would still marvel at the beauty of God's creation!

It was an amazing experience, especially in the winter time!

Breathtaking views from the knob. Worth every step of the hike.

Such a unique hike! The trail leading to the channels is very straight forward and easy to follow. It is pretty much all uphill there and downhill on the way back. The channels themself feel like something out of a fantasy novel! BE SURE TO REMEMBER WHERE YOU CAME FROM! You can easily get lost down in the channels while exploring the amazing rock formations. I recommend following the lead of Hansel and Gretel and leave a trail of nuts or candy so you know how to find your way out, but be sure to clean up after yourself! You don’t want to end up alone trying to find your way out for almost an hour. If you find yourself in the area and have a few hours check this out!

Hiked this in December, took the counterclockwise route as suggested. There were 10-12 stream crossings that were very challenging. A few of them can be navigated just staying on dry portions of rock, but most had rocks that were just too far apart to take a step. Solutions include bushwacking off the trail to find a better spot to cross, shimmying across fallen logs, or just take off your shoes and trudging through the ice cold water.

Aside from the initial stream crossings, the hike is not very challenging beyond Devil's Bathtub. There is a sign saying something like "Warning: next 5 miles very strenuous and rugged", but it was a relatively easy walk through the woods compared to the first part of the trail. First 2-3 miles took 3 hours, remaining 5 miles took 2.5 hours.

Overall it was a lot of fun; navigating the stream crossings added an element of challenge and decision-making.

Made for a perfect afternoon for my 8-year-old son and me. The 1.2 mile ascent was the workout; the rock scramble was the playground. As most trails in the area were washed out amidst this record rainfall, it was a sweet relief that this well-maintained trail was completely navigable. This hike was a true highlight on our four-day trip to the Natural Bridge area.

Make sure you bring water, it is a long hike!

I love McAfee Knob. View at the top is amazing. This is a bucket list hike for many people and for that reason I give it 5 stars however I urge everyone to go out and check out the other amazing hikes this area has to offer with hikes such as tinker cliffs, dragons tooth and sharp top.

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16 days ago

Beautiful hike up the river to the falls and nice decline hike back. This is one of the most accessible hikes in the area. Certainly at the top of the list for hikes if you are in the area for a short period of time and can only complete a few. Also, if you are hungry after the hike, stop by a place in Pembroke called Kalbee for some of the best Korean food you will ever have.

awesome view, but was a bit dangerously muddy a couple days after a short rain. glad I found this convenient trail!

As of January 1, 2019 trailhead road access on Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed. You can still hike Flat Top from the AllTrails listing in Buchanan.

One of the best hikes in SWVA. Go when the leaves are down and you'll get long range views the entire hike.

I love this hike. It is moderate. The views are stunning. The Channels are like a mystical maze. Great for dogs and children if you want to bring them along.

Love this trail took a small dog and two friends had a blast

One of the best hikes I've ever done. The hike itself is steady and fairly easy, not much to write home about. The view at the top is incredible and well worth it, even in the rain. Most photographed spot on the AT for very good reason. You can see the Blue Ridges in every direction and it was hard for me to pull myself away and hike back down.

A lot of hunters out with dogs today (December 2018) so I recommend wearing bright colors if you plan on being out during hunting season.

Great hike to the base of the marble yard over three creeks and through the woods. I brought my three kids, ages 8, 11, and 14. We made it to the top of the yard and back in under 4 hours with two long breaks for snack and lunch. This is a tough hike but a good way to get them away from their “screens” for a day for an exciting outdoor adventure. We climbed up and down the Marbleyard and avoided the trail on the side because of mixed reviews I’ve heard. Coming down the Marbleyard is a bit more difficult than going up but still a fun time. We have been to many trails in the area but this is their favorite.

Great hike. Not difficult by any means and the trail is clearly marked. Try going early in the morning to avoid others. The photo ops at the top are stunning.

Great hike and pet friendly too! I think my dog liked it as much as I did.

Very unique hike! The rocks can be pretty slippery in spots so wear good shoes. Saw two other people on today’s winter hike. We completed it just under 3.5 hours with a quick lunch.

8-17, One of the best east coast hikes. The overlook is so picturesque and emblematic of VA’s AT. We went on a very clear afternoon. Lots of climbing but well worth it. Took us about 4 hours.

The hike is actually 4.2 to the Overlook..take the AT to the Knob, better trail but I took the fire trail down to Rt 311 parking lot.. total trail was a 8.6 mile loop. Both trails lead to the outlook trail inlet
Definitely worth the seeing this on a sunny day you can see mountains for miles.

This hike was a bucket list one for me and it did not disappoint. The last mile or so is the hardest but the view is one of the greatest i have ever seen. Me and a buddy at lunch there on one of the quieter spots on the cliffs just did not want to leave.

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1 month ago

This is a great trail for a day hike. The lower trail is the best. Went with my Brother one day and took my wife back the next. The falls are beautiful in the fall with the leaves dropping all around. I hope to go back when they’re frozen over to get some pictures then as well

Virginia moderate is way different from Indiana moderate but it was worth the challenge and was a great hike

Well traveled loop, save your energy for the stretch to the top!

awesome hike well worth it!

A truly pleasant hike with outstanding views.

I hiked this on 11/12/18 and despite being rather overcast, the views were still stunning at the summit. I spent the night in the parking lot and started out at sunrise. This was a great hike, and a truly rewarding experience. Leaves and some sprinkling rain made parts rather slippery, but was all to be expected in mid-November.

We did this hike with our dog last weekend and it was amazing! We got there at 7:30 am on Saturday and got the last actual parking spot in the lot, so definitely get there early. We did the trail up and the fire road back. Trail is definitely more difficult but it’s fun for the way up. The views at the top are absolutely amazing and definitely worth it!

Beautiful views. We took the fire road up and back. Overall took just under 4 hours with breaks and time at the summit. Very crowded in the parking lot, so make sure you get there early so you don’t have to park on the side of the road and get a ticket as I saw others getting.

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