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Kelly Knob via Appalachian Trail

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Mountain Lake Wilderness

Kelly Knob via Appalachian Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Castle, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 915 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
9 days ago

Road is in decent shape to the trailhead. There are two washout areas, but nothing too severe - I was able to drive there in my 2WD sedan just fine. There is a small space for parking at the road crossing - enough to fit 2 cars. There are other spots on the side of the road if you look for them, as well. If you're uncomfortable with parking and hiking from here, you can hike southbound from VA 42 where the AT crosses there. It's approx. 7.5 miles RT from there.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful drive out to the trail - road is very gravel and very bumpy on the last 1.5mi so would recommend at least an SUV. Did not end up even hiking because there was no parking. The trail just starts off of the side of the road. I did not feel comfortable leaving my car there, let alone going hiking alone because I had lost service and was in the middle of nowhere. If anyone knows of any other tips or places to park???

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail is intense the first mile then levels out. Great view and a spot to camp at the top if you plan for that. Definitely recommend!

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3 months ago

About 0.6 mile incline from beginning... great workout!

hiking
3 months ago

Steep at first, great view at the top. Loved the rocks with large gaps to jump across at the top

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rocky
5 months ago

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snow
7 months ago

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10 months ago

There aren't much in terms of views because of the trees at the knob, but this is certainly a nice, peaceful walk in the woods on the AT. As others have noted, the first .5 miles are where most of the elevation gain happens, though it's not entirely flat after that either. The road (601) to the trailhead is gravel for the last 1.5 miles (when coming from Newport), but in pretty good shape. Just narrow; look carefully for oncoming traffic. Enjoy! 4.0 miles 822 ft gain 1:23 hours

backpacking
Mon Dec 31 2018

If you park at the northern end on hwy 42 and follow the AT, it is 7.5 miles round trip. You cross beautiful Laurel creek a couple of times, the AT shelter, then begin a fairly good 1.5 mile up. I think these people that say the view is only so so and obstructed by trees, haven't actually made it to the overview. Once you get to the campsite, continue on a small trail to your right to reach the outcropping. It requires you to hop across some crevices and the view is totally unobstructed.

Fri Oct 26 2018

I hiked this trail a couple of months ago. The first half mile or so is very steep but once you get past that, it's a beautiful walk in the woods. It was busy with bear hunters the day I went, and they actually had a bear treed not far off the trail. I only gave it 3 stars because the view from the knob is very obstructed. The knob was a nice place to rest and have lunch, though.

hiking
Thu Aug 23 2018

The hike was great. Steep at first then leveled out with a few up and down moments. The overlook was a little disappointing. Couldn’t really see much because of how high the trees had grown around the knob area. But I got to hammock around the campfire area and eat my lunch so it turned out to be a good trip.

hiking
Sat Jun 23 2018

Nice little hike. The toughest part was the first half mile or so until you get to the top of the ridge line. Overlook at Kelly Knob was so-so. The morning we went we were in the clouds so the view was almost completely obstructed. Met three thru-hikers on the way. All-in-all it was a very nice hike.

Mon Jun 18 2018

The hardest part of the hike is the first mile in a half. Very Rigid and steep. After that it's very moderate and straight forward. The knobs view is slightly obstructed from the overgrown vegetation. Primitive Camping sites we're Ideally located and clean, Beautiful Moutain laurel flowers everywhere and friendly chipmunks scattering about.

Tue Apr 17 2018

Nice walk, wildflowers are not out yet.

Mon Jan 22 2018

Pretty tough hike with a full overnight pack. Beautiful scenery with everything from open fields to thick woods. Loved it!

backpacking
Sat Dec 02 2017

When I passed through here on Thanksgiving morning during a 335 mile AT section hike I found a big juicy half red half yellow apple someone had left at the overlook. It was delicious in leau of dried fruit trail mix for Thanksgiving dinner that night.

Tue Jul 11 2017

The first mile or so is straight uphill, then the top levels off. Great quick hike. Overlook faces west, don't make the same mistake I did.. and go for a sunset hike instead of a sunrise.

Sun Mar 12 2017

Tough hike uphill but totally worth it because of the beautiful view.

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