McAfee Knob via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 408 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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4 days ago

Hiked this with my sister and two labs. long hike, but we carried water and there is water along the route. met just a few hikers. well worth the time and energy. awesome Vista at McAfee knob but not elsewhere along the trail. being on the AT is inspiring.

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11 days ago

Great day for this hike today overcast and in the 60's then as I got to the top the sun came out. One more to scratch off my bucket list

11 days ago

Parts of the trail are tough, but so worth it the top. Amazing view!

12 days ago

Parts of this trail are VERY rugged, but the view from the peak is worth it.

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18 days ago

Great hike, amazing views. If you bring your pups, bring lots of water for them!

19 days ago

21 days ago

This is my favorite Virginia hike. Easy trail up and the view is amazing.

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27 days ago

Begins and ends moderately tough but the middle is very relaxing and manageable. The parking lot off VA 311 can be a bear to get into on weekends and don't even try to parallel park on the sides of 311. Have done this twice, once in mid-February and recently in early August. The views are absolutely spectacular. Have seen abundant wildlife on and off the trail. Please stay on trail as this heavily trafficked portion of the AT can be very rough on plantlife. Leave no trace!

1 month ago

Good start, average middle, fantastic payoff. Did it in 3:45 because I was on a short schedule, wish I had another hour to do it justice. Overall great time, even for a hot day (lots of shade).

1 month ago

Nice hike...around 8 miles round trip...awesome views from the top and make sure to take plenty of water

1 month ago

Nice view

1 month ago

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