McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 366 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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1725 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

hiking
1 day ago

The view is second to none! Excellent hike especially having the option of the fire road to make it a little easier on the body. Definitely going to return

hiking
2 days ago

Popular view and great place for pics!

2 days ago

Great trail to hike!

2 days ago

3 days ago

This is an amazing, challenging hike. well worth it at the end. Pictures don't do it justice. Bring LOTS of water, its a hot hike. It was 94 today and we had finished our water before we got to the top. Kind fellow hikers let us take a bit of theirs for the decent!. I loved this hike.

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Amazing!!! View was breathtaking. Worth the moderate+ hike up.

8 days ago

Great hike with alternate fire road for easier terrain. Hiked the AT on ascent and fire road on descent. AT is more scenic.

hiking
9 days ago

Very nice at the top but very rugged last mile straight up

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10 days ago

It was a nice hike with a great view at the top. It wasn't too crowded during the weekday.

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13 days ago

I loved this hike and plan to do it again soon

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16 days ago

Great trail with nice scenery. Difficult last part.