Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail

MODERATE 105 reviews

Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troutville, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2004 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

rocky

Offers beautiful views south of the Catabwa Valley and McAfee Knob area. Trail runs thru private farm and requires climbing a few fence ladders [to prevent those cows from straying]. There's a pretty neat trail bridge that crosses a stream. Once past all this there is a moderate but continual incline. Views at the cliffs are the big payoff.

1 day ago

Hikes this one yesterday. Only met six other hikers. Be sure to go to the rock outcrops at the south end; these have the best view. There's also a semi-McAfee rock overhang picture you can take; if there's someone else to hold the camera. Nice view of McAfee to the SSW from there too. Some background noise from the cement plant on the first section, but a nice hike up the mountain; relentlessly up hill since it is a mountain. At the 3.1 mile mark, at the AT, there's a really big vine just waiting to be swung on. The two bridges are in good shape. I'm impressed by the trail. There's almost a couple hundred log steps in the hillside on the way up to work a different set of muscles.

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5 days ago

In the morning of 10/14 two persons were reportedly stung by wasps in the middle of the first set of switchbacks.

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12 days ago

It was beautiful but I was swarmed by yellow jackets at 2.25 miles on 10/5/17. I was stung over 30 times, so please keep an eye out. I believe they nest in the ground.

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1 month ago

arriving around mid night..

1 month ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done! Ranked as moderate, but it has some challenges. Just when you thought you were home free, surprise with tricky spots. The view at the top was awesome and so was the trail with spectacular rocks.

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Out of the three hikes that make up VA's Triple Crown, this was definitely the toughest. Like the map shows, it is all uphill, but the views are well worth it. At the beginning you go through some farm land and get to go over a couple cool little bridges. It is private property but we didn't run into any problems. Oh, and bring binoculars so you can see McAfee Knob when you reach the top!

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