McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 253 reviews

McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately 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 Loop

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

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1 day ago

Can anyone tell me if there is a place to park an rv?

2 days ago

Beautiful and well worth the hike! my 9 year old and 12 year old loved it! it is a must do hike!

5 days ago

6 days ago

Great trail pretty strenuous , but well worth the sweat equity you gotta spend to get there .

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13 days ago

Great Hiking and the view is amazing!

Completed total of 8.37 miles from the parking lot in 3hrs 43 mins, taking few stops for pictures and snack time at the top with that great view.

I took the AT all the way up and returned using the AT and the fire road.

For big groups with kids I recommend use the fire road and then connect with the AT and use it for around 1.5 miles.

AT = Moderate
Fire Road = easy; great for kids and bid groups

14 days ago

15 days ago

Great hike! I took the fire road out and the AT on the way back. Fire road was much easier but the AT is just more like hiking!

16 days ago

Went early and there was not many people on the trail. The view is great.

16 days ago

17 days ago

It was amazing!

18 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. I'll be making a YouTube video about it!

18 days ago

Managed to hike up and back down in about 3 1/2 hours, only stopping at the top to take in the gorgeous view! Worth it!!

20 days ago

Great trail

20 days ago

The view is great but it's over populated. If you want a peaceful hike this isn't for you.

21 days ago

Been up several times always a great view