McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 323 reviews

McAfee Knob 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.

7.7 miles
1725 feet

dogs on leash





nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Base elevation is the elevation given at the parking area, 2,000'. The peak at McAfee Knob is 3,171'. 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

Challenging, but worth the hike. it took us 5 hours, but we stopped and took a lot of pictures. we saw deer, and many a butterflies. the view from atop is great!

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Relatively easy but lengthy

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Best panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains

8 days ago

Love this trail, it's a nice stroll. Perfect picnic spots up top!

10 days ago

Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe the view. I will say that hike (to me) should be rated at a "hard" level. But I am also a beginner. We had a wonderful time!

11 days ago

Great hike amazing views

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Busy trail but iconic spot on the AT and well worth the trek when you get the chance. The views at the top are wonderful in any season. Go early morning or on weekdays to give you the best shot of having the top/knob mostly to yourself. Otherwise there will probably be lots of people up there all trying to get that money shot so try and be courteous and patient to get your awesome pictures and give others a chance too! Lots of excellent rocky outcrop kinda spots nearby the knob to lay out and hang in the sun and enjoy the view.

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I would say for the average person this is harder than moderate. The view at the top can't be beat though. Absolutely breathtaking

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