Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troutville, Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

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.

hiking
14 days ago

Took about 4.5 hours, but I kept going about .5 miles past the first overlook. Trail has some challenging sections, but overall not too bad. Views are amazing. Only complaint is there is a lots of poison ivy along the trail, and in some places sticking out into the trail, so need to really pay attention.

hiking
18 days ago

Great views from the cliffs on a very clear day. It took us 3 1/2 hours round-trip with a short break at the top.

hiking
22 days ago

Not an easy hike. A lot of rocks and up and down. The view from the top is spectacular. Plan for a full day of hiking.

hiking
25 days ago

One of the favorites in the area for sure. Pass through a bit of forest at the start until youcome across a small field where you'll sometimes encounter cattle, over a bridge to another pretty pasture and then you reenter the forest and start climbing up to the top. The incline isn't too bad, great exercise, and you're in the shaded forest the whole time until you get to the cliffs. The cliffs at the top are really unique and fantastic with amazing views of the rollings hills and woods around the area. Pick one of the many rocky outcrops sticking out on the edge to chill or picnic. Have seen turkey vultures pretty close by up top in the spring/summer sunning themselves and some young ones with nests hidden nearby hopping around. Lots of other birds too! Great hike overall!

27 days ago

I've hiked this trail multiple times and it will always be one of my favorites

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Excellent trail great views on top. Decent work out. As others have said good shoes... plenty of water.. I only drank 40 OZ (had more with me) but it was overcast and breezy. Can go further once on top go about another .4-.5 to see the whole top it's worth it once your up there.

This might be my favorite hike in SWVA. It is a strenuous hike - but as others have said, very doable for a novice - just allow for 6 hours for hiking and chilling on the top. And bring plenty of water - at least 32 oz.

1 month ago

This is a tough climb. The views are beautiful and worth the climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficulty-Strenuous
One of my favorite hikes around SWVA!! This hike has a very steep incline and is lightly trafficked. The summit offers multiple ledges and viewpoints with a lot of room to sit and have a snack. You will cross two streams with log bridges and walk through a beautiful pasture. I recommend this trail to experienced hikers and healthy dogs. Beginner hikers will have no problem completing the trail but expect your legs to be sore in the coming days. If you are looking for a challenging out and back hike, this is for you! I recommend brining at least 3 bottles of water for each hiker.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is great in early/mid Spring before the leaves are fully on the trees. You can see more of the surrounding landscape as you're climbing up. Saw a 3 foot black snake on trail. The trail was in great shape with only one small tree down. The views are well worth the hike up.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great views but a difficult hike for a beginner

2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome views!

2 months ago

2 months ago

This is my favorite hike in the Roanoke/Salem area!!! The hike itself is beautiful & the view is perfect!!