Tinker Cliffs/Andy Layne Trail

MODERATE 90 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.

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15 days ago

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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17 days ago

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hiking
30 days ago

Challenging but well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail mid winter, awesome hike!

1 month ago

very overgrown we passed snake skin and also saw a snake inside a tree log..freaked me out so bad I turned around and left i WILL NEVER go back to this one again. if you love snakes this will be the trail to walk if not don't even waste your time

hiking
1 month ago

Fab views, pictures on Instagram:w.a.b.flicks

1 month ago

I LOVED the hike to Tinker Cliffs, it was easy compared to going up to Dragons Tooth and Mcafee. We had lunch and took a cat nap up on the rocks. Remember to put sunscreen on! We made a rookie mistake and didn't realize how much sun we were getting!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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.