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McAfee Knob - Appalachian Trail

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Distance: 3.7 miles


Roanoke, VA - A strenuous hike, filled with stone steps and lovely scenery. Many rewarding spots with lots to be discovered. You can truly get away. Can be made less taxing by using fire roads, but this takes away from the beauty and adventure.
  • Lone_View
  • parking lot
  • AT marker
  • narrow foot path
  • steep step incline
  • white blazes
  • loose rocks/exposed roots
  • a rock lean to
  • information kiosk
  • Eagle Scout projects
  • Eagle Scout bridge
  • Parker's Wall
  • perfect picnic area
  • Now would be a good time...
  • spring water
  • trail continues
  • fire road crossing
  • Reward
  • blue sky horizon
  • Reward
  • Learn from the wisdom of hikers past..
  • boulder crossings
  • Climb the eroded path
  • McAfee's Knob sign
  • Reward
  • A View Earned
  • Don't tell my mom!


McAfee Knob
is the most photographed site along the Appalachian Trail. The Knob has an almost 270 degree panorama of the Catawba Valley and North Mountain to the west, Tinker Cliffs to the north and the Roanoke Valley to the east.

Directions to Trailhead
  • From Roanoke - take I-81 south to exit 141.
  • Turn left at the traffic light onto route 419 (Electric Rd.) and follow 0.4 miles to next traffic light (Rt. 311)
  • Turn right onto route 311N and follow 5.6 miles to the top of the mountain
  • The trailhead parking lot is at the very top on the left. Be careful turning into the parking lot as it is a semi-blind turn
Trail Description
  • Trail begins on the opposite side of Rt. 311 from the parking lot. Cross Rt.311 with caution
  • You will travel north on the Appalachian Trail (AT) on to McAfee Knob
  • Follow the white blazes - which are 6” rectangular paint marks placed periodically on trees at eye level
  • After ~0.3 miles you will come to an informational kiosk
  • You will cross four wooden walkways prior to reaching the Johns Spring shelter
  • You will then cross five more wooden walkways before reaching the Catawba Mountain shelter
  • Next you will cross an old fire road and a power line clearing
  • Continue 0.5 miles further and turn left onto the McAfee Knob spur trail to arrive at the lookout in ~30 yards
  • Retrace your steps or turn right once you reach the alternate fire road for your return trip
Add On
  • Finish your day with a great meal at the Home Place - a restaurant famous among thru hikers. To reach the Home Place, continue north on Rt. 311 for ~1 mile to a large white farmhouse on left
  • Go see a baseball game! Click here for Salem Red Sox schedule
 

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