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Please be aware that the McAfee Knob section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is EXTREMELY heavily traveled, especially on weekends. I would add these things as an edit if I could find a way to do so, but am doing it here so that at least people have a chance of seeing them. Based on an infrared counter, this hike has approximately 75,000 visitors per year (and over 600 hikers per day on many Saturdays). Please be aware of the rules listed above and that a) the parking lot at Va. 311 has room for only 70 to 80 vehicles, and parking on the busy state highway could result in towing; b) please exercise care in crossing the AT on this blind curve, where the speed limit is 55 mph, and use the AT crossing rather than the fire road due to better sight lines; c) you can find a better map on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (and this site should feel free to use it!) ; more details and current updates can be found on the RATC website. http://www.ratc.org/mcafee-knob-and-the-triple-crown/
Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (we maintain this section of the AT, and our volunteers patrol it on weekends)
did this loop in reverse last week. went the a.t to the laurel prong to the mill prong. dunno if my GPS was off but we got nearly 9.5 miles and 1900 ft of ascent. nice trail, the mill prong was more scenic, the downhill to rapidan camp was like skiing on mud. This was my wife and I's 1st long hike through mountains and it didn't disappoint
Very Awesome jeep trail. We took the alternate trail which is a few miles in, very narrow and expect some minor scratches if you take the alternate trail, but you can go around if you wanted to avoid it, very fun and completely worth it. Never needed my winch and I was in a "Stock" 2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys. The stock Rubicon tires made a big difference. 2wd the first few miles until the alternate path which Lockers would have helped but were not necessary. switched between 4 low and high often. Will be returning!