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walking
5 hours ago

Nice long walk

hiking
3 days ago

Great views from the peak and got there after the last shuttle left to go down so it was not crowded. I enjoyed the steepness of the trail near the top, it gave it that earned feel to the hike. I had to wait a twice for does to move from the trail to keep going. Never had a deer pose for a picture from 6ft away. Next time through I hope to do round top on the other side

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike! Short and sweet! Hard may be a stretch. It is steep in portions, but can easily be hiked if you’re in decent shape or hike any at all. It’s a safe hike, a little rocky in sections. The only possible danger is if you check out Buzzards Roost when you get to the top of the main trail. It offers good views and rock formations, if you climb on top of the rocks for a better view, be careful! Also don’t freak out when you hear birds whizzing past your head. I suggest going late in the evening to catch the sunset, it’s worth it and the hike down in the dark is not bad.

We did this loop last week with 5 of us (2 teenagers, 1 in shape 70 year old, and 2 40 somethings).. Day 1: we started at the dragon's tooth parking lot at 1:00 and hiked to the John Springs Shelter. Day 2: we hiked from John Springs Shelter to McAfee's Knob, then Tinker Cliffs and then down to Andy Lane Trail to the Catawba Valley trail. We camped night 2 pretty close to Catawba Valley trail head - across the street from the parking lot - camping is not allowed on the Andy Spring trail, but is allowed on the Catawba Valley Trail and on North Mountain. wish we had known there was a significant water source about 1/2 mile from the Catawba Valley trail head on your way up to North Mountain. We hiked the Catawba Valley Trail and the entire North Mountain in one day. we passed our car at the dragon's tooth parking lot and camped at the boy scout camp on the boy scout connector trail on day 3 (mainly because it has a water source). Day 4 we put our packs in the car and hiked the dragon's tooth loop. We'd so the same again except start earlier in the day on day one to make it to either Catawba Shelter or Campbell Shelter.

Nice open beautiful views! If you are a beginner it might feel longer then the miles posted, but it's a great workout, not too overwhelming. My family and I enjoyed it very much!

A great hike with some awesome views. One of my favorite trails.

Difficult, but worth the awesome views.

I've written a blog post about this hike @ www.break-trail.com
If you'd like to read it, follow this link: https://goo.gl/7mYmnt

This was a fairly challenging trail. It's basically up, up, up, and then down, down, down.

There were no stretches of flat, except for about a 1/8 mile saddle between the 2 northern most peaks.

I would recommend the counterclockwise route, as the east side of the loop is a steep slope that I would rather ascend than descend. The loop took me 3.75 hours with a couple of snack stops.

The trail is mostly soft with a few rocky stretches. The views are good. I would NOT do the little spur to the cell towers, It's a 3 minute detour that kind of ruins the "out in nature" experience, 2 giant cell towers with a gravel road, and the view isn't worth it. There is a great view to the south just to the west of the northern most point of the trail. Good lunch spot with open rocks facing south.

Went on a chilly Sunday morning (37 degrees) and did not see another person on the entire trail. I would do it again.

short hike, but uphill the entire way ... felt like much longer than 3 miles roundtrip because of how steep the trail is ... beautiful views at the top - completely worth the trek!

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Was windy and a little snowed in after mcafees onto tinkers (some 3 foot snow drifts). But 100% worth the effort. Did the hike in 4 days 3 nights to take our time as a group of 3.

hiking
1 month ago

My fiancé, my dog (cocker spaniel), and I did this hike after seeing some local photos (we live in Roanoke). Great hike, moderate difficulty, with some truly amazing views. The hike took a little over 2 hours round trip with taking a 15-20 minute break at the top to look at the amazing views. The trail was snowy when we went which made it a bit harder, but overall very enjoyable and would recommend to others and hike again sometime.

hiking
1 month ago

It's got your ups, your downs, your turn arounds. Nice easy short walk in the woods. Bluff over lake is great.

walking
1 month ago

Great easy trail. The path is easily identifiable with clear directional markers.

hiking
2 months ago

Went on a day I only saw 2 other hikers but that was because it was a bit icy. Beautiful views,

on Wahrani Loop Trail

2 months ago

good hills and trails.

very doable for many fitness levels. great views in any season. full tree canopy cover in the heat of summer..

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail , get a map or follow along with the gps maps here. Wineries in the area make for a nice stop afterwards. Its not hard , meanders up and down just enough. Would make a great trail to run on.

hiking
2 months ago

Husband and I wanted to get into hiking and while on vacation in Virginia, we made this our first hike. We had a blast! We’re in moderate shape and we definitely had to rest a time or two seeing as it’s all uphill with lots of steps but we’re hooked. We went at the end of October when the weather was amazing and the colors were unreal. Great time and great memories!

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

hiking
3 months ago

Probably would have enjoyed this hike more if we went in a warmer spring day. We went on a windy, very cold, January day. Hike to the top is short but all uphill with a good amount of steps. We took our dog with us but I don’t think he enjoyed the steps at all. View from the top is great but the wind was ripping and we didn’t stay up there long. Wanted to check out Buzzards Roost but didn’t have the opportunity today.

3 months ago

Great hike, short and sweet especially in a cold weather like today.

nice trail, well maintained and easy to follow. the trail skirted the lake in Pocahontas state park and has little elevation change. hiked in December, not much to see. there were a few boards with information but they are old and challenging to read. one overlook, a bridge over some marshy areas. didn't see much wildlife - perhaps bring binoculars for animal spotting.

Great place! All up hill makes for a decent workout, and friendly people.

4 months ago

This trail has great views all the way up in the winter. Lots of steps offer a fun challenge. Took me an hour to reach the top. Also check out Buzzards roost.

hiking
4 months ago

First time hiker. Loved it. Beautiful, very scenic views from the top make the journey worthwhile. Great exercise too!

Did from Dragons Tooth parking lot to the top of Dragons Tooth then over to McAfee’s Knob then to Tinker Cliffs and down the Andy Layne Trail one day 24.7 miles 10 hours.Don’t recommend it but would I do it again probably but not solo lol.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow! Went last weekend... didn’t realize what I was getting myself into at first. Was pretty strenuous going up the stairs but was worth the hike to see the breathtaking view! My 4 year old daughter hiked the entire way up on her own two legs! Down was much easier, minus having to carry a child.

Have been running here almost everyday for the past year and no matter the season, it remains beautiful. Nice nature trail!

hiking
4 months ago

The view! It is a bit strenuous going up, but not a very long hike. There is an old weather building at the top and a rock pedestal look out with 360 degree views. Ran into several deer along the trail that had no issues or concerns about being so close to humans. Some parts have rock stairs and well marked. A must if you are in the area, or worth a weekend trip. There is a campground near the trail head and at least 2 other trails nearby.

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