McAfee Knob via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 448 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
2017 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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

For anyone heading to Campbell Shelter/campground after McAfee Knob, as of 10/14/17, the spring water is flowing, located 0.1 mile south of the shelter, just off the service road.

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1 day ago

The view is well worth the travel and hike.

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3 days ago

All time favorite hike in southwest Virginia!! Long walk through the woods for incredible views of the valley at the top. It's very much worth it. You can take the AT for more of a challenge or walk past the AT entrance to he fire road for an easier hike in.

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9 days ago

One hike I recommend to all, once you reach the top you will have no doubt why you love hiking and the great outdoors.
God will definitely reword you for the effort put forth with yet another one of his breathtaking views !!!

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13 days ago

Absolutely amazing views and so worth the hike!!! We took the AT in the beginning and the last mile, but took the fire road in between to shave off some time since we started late. We went to watch the sunset and it was amazing!!! Highly recommend, but be prepared with the proper lighting and overnight equipment since anything can happen when your walking out in the dark.

14 days ago

Pretty tough hike after not hiking for a few months!! The views were definitely worth it though!! My new favorite place! Can’t wait to go back