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Super easy hike and easy for anyone just beginning

A great hike! Challenging but well worth it. The view from the Cliffs is amazing! A black bear crossed the trail ahead of mean the way back down. That got the heart racing. It was a great day hike and part 2 of 3 for the Triple Crown.

Loved this trail. Diverse in meadow and forested areas, hard stair climb, AMAZING views. Got sweaty and enjoyed every second of it.

Great workout, especially that first few miles. Went in late July, everything (including the view points) was extremely overgrown. A fallen tree around mile 2.0 has the trail completely blocked, but if you stick to the trail that beers off just before this you will eventually meet up again. Be sure to have as much bare skin covered as possible!

Tough hike. Trail is rough in spots due to heavy use. Gets a lot of use because it is the direct route to Tinker Cliffs.

Easy hike and great scenery.

did the hike with the family today. I do a lot of hiking.....this trail is WOW. the pictures do not do it justice. As you peak the first set of rocks, you're thinking you're done....and you look up and.....a LOT more scrambling. totally worth the effort and if you like scrambling you will love this!

Beautifully established, the cows and wildflowers made it great.

Do not go right by the fence uphill. Will redo the hike with family when they visit!

Great hike. Pretty good trail up to the actual Marble Yard. The trail that skirts the yard to the right is very steep and narrow but a good challenge. Beautiful views along the way if you step out on to the rocks, WOW.

great hike, great workout. not for dogs though, it is to rocky, my dogs paws were blistered(my fault I know). the view is really great at the cliffs. will do again.

My favorite hike in this area. Has a fantastic view, varying terrain, and makes for an awesome adventure.

1 month ago

Great hike

This was a fun trail, completed with our 5,7, and 11 year olds. Note, if you are following this recording, the Marbleyard is about the halfway point, we did not spend much time on the boulders and headed to the ridge for a snack break.

Great view from the top! Well-maintained trail. Beautiful wildflowers along the trail. Hiked on a weekday and had the entire trail up/back and cliffs (during the summer) all to ourselves. Nice stream crossing and cows along the way.

Great hike for a beginner

This a 4⭐️ for uniqueness. This isn’t for the faint of heart. Definitely a challenge. This is the first rating of Difficult that was on the mark. If you do any climbing you’ll love it. I don’t so it definitely had me working for that elevation on the boulders. Saw so people making short work of it though. The pictures do NOT do justice to the view of the boulder yard rising up in front of you. Pretty wild spot.

I save 5⭐️ for Incredible hikes...so don’t think I’m being stingy with the 4 here:) This was a great hike! Very dense vegetation in the first mile or so. Very cool variety in the beginning. Was sketched out early on after reading the previous reviews about bears, but saw no sign. Once you climb the huge set of stairs, most of the hard work is done. Pretty gradual switch backs get you the rest of the way....and some smaller sets of stairs. Slightly muddy...find a good walking stick. I would really give this path a moderate, not a hard rating. Pretty views and not crowded. After passing some through hikers, I had the cliffs to myself.

This is my new favorite hiking spot! The trails are well maintained and it's an easy walk to several waterfalls. When we return I will plan to spend more time here lounging on the rocks and playing in the streams.

Best to go after a good rain! Absolutely beautiful!

Good hike. Less people hike it. Just as good of view as mcafee knob.

Incredible hike and absolutely stunning scenery. Beautiful river and waterfalls.

Great hike from McAfee Knob. Beautiful views. Hike out to Daleville. Wonderful section hike of the AT!!!

It's a nicely maintained trail! There's a lot to look at in the beginning, keeps it interesting. Those straight up parts are definitely worth it when you get to the top. We saw a bear on our way down, it didn't make any more noise than the squirrels were so be aware of your surroundings!

We came across a mama bear with a cub about 2 miles from the parking lot. We made a lot of noise a fair distance away, but the mama did not seem troubled by our presence at all. It probably took about 20 minutes before they moved far enough away from the trail for us to continue.

Awesome well-maintained 8 mile RT, ~1700 ft. elevation gain, lots of ups with some downs, you hike from the Andy Layne parking area through a couple of ups and downs and across a couple of streams through 3 miles of the cement company land - nice of them to donate - and then you reach the AT and go up about another mile to the top of Tinker Cliffs. Thanks to the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club for maintaining this great trail. Awesome views, lots of rock outcroppings to have lunch and chill. I had a great day on a Friday and suspect it gets crowded on weekends due to its proximity to Roanoke, VA. Highly recommend this hike.

Great hike with some challenging portions. Took two dogs with us to the Cliffs. Amazing views.

Trail very muddy after recent rain/snow. Be prepared if it's recently been wet.

Amazing views at the top with plenty of room to explore. Well marked trail with a few steep areas that are easily accomplished

Very cool hike. In my top favs. Like the fact that u cross thru someone’s cow pasture along the trail. Cool creek crossing and cows!!

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