McAfee Knob via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 499 reviews

McAfee Knob via Appalachian Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Salem, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1561 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a slow and steady climb to the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail. Base elevation is the elevation given at the parking area, 2,000'. The peak at McAfee Knob is 3,171', giving it some of the best views in the state. Please leave no trace and be mindful of trash! This trail sees a large number of traffic and has been having problems with rising trash, illegal camping and misuse of the area. The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club maintains this section of trail and volunteers regularly pack out trash and maintain campsites to keep it beautiful. Park rules and regulations are enforced: Maximum group size, day hikes: 25 Maximum group size, backpacking/camping: 10 No alcohol Dogs must be kept on leash at all times No camping or campfires outside of 7 designated areas ( north of Va 624/Newport Rd, the only legal campsites are Johns Spring Shelter, Catawba Shelter and campsites, Pig Farm campsite, Campbell Shelter and Lambert’s Meadow Shelter and campsites) No camping or campfires on McAfee Knob or Tinker Cliffs

1 day ago

Great trail and the view from the top is absolutely amazing! Definitely worth the effort

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7 days ago

awesome hike

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16 days ago

We had a great time. Highly recommend if you find an opportunity to stop there to enjoy the view.

17 days ago

17 days ago

This is one of the most photographed spots on the AT for a reason. Easy access from the highway with a clearly marked AT Trail to follow. If you do the AT the whole way and stay off the fire road it is more like 8 miles or more. The Trail is moderately difficult. The view is amazing and the rock formation continues around the corner so explore beyond the most popular "diving board" spot for some great photo spots and views of the Catawba valley. Get there early on nice days because it gets crowded and the parking lot fills up.

18 days ago

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21 days ago

We hiked this trail this morning in 4:12. The trail is not real technical but at this pace I️ found it challenging. There is some good elevation loss and gain. I️ think Moderate is a good designation. I️ met several older couples on the trail that were negotiating it quite handily at a pace comfortable to them. The trails are well maintained and the views at the top make the hike time well spent.

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28 days ago

It was a pretty fun hike! The whole area was covered in dense fog so their were not many views at all. But once you get to the top there are places to go off trail and explore and that was very fun!

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1 month ago

Good hike on the trail & easy to moderate hike on fire lane. I’m biased on how much I love this hike as we got engaged at the peak last night. We’ll be back with the kids!!

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1 month ago