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Kelly Knob via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

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.

3.8 miles
915 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nice walk, wildflowers are not out yet.

Monday, January 22, 2018

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

Saturday, December 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.

Tuesday, July 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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

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