Appalachian Trail: VA 311 to US 220

Highlights of this 19.8-miler include an overhanging rock ledge at McAfee Knob, spectacular views along Tinker Cliffs, and a ridgewalk above Carvin Cove Reservoir.
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Highlights of this 19.8-miler include an overhanging rock ledge at McAfee Knob, spectacular views along Tinker Cliffs, and a ridgewalk above Carvin Cove Reservoir.

Shelters: Johns Springs Shelter; sleeps 6. Catawba Mountain Shelter; sleeps 6. Campbell Shelter; sleeps 6. Lamberts Meadow Shelter; sleeps 6.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 31.7

Waypoints

WPT042

Location: 37.3887176513672, -79.9224166870117

Registration kiosk

WPT021

Location: 37.4157180786133, -79.9400482177734

Gap; clearing. AT turns E

WPT005

Location: 37.3852653503418, -80.0746307373047

Johns Spring Shelter: Formerly Boy Scout Shelter. Rebuilt and renamed for nearby spring. Nearby spring was renamed for thru-hiker John Haranzo who committed suicide soon after completion. Father used to wear John's old boots and uses gear in his memory.

WPT031

Location: 37.4165992736816, -79.9965972900391

AT turns E

WPT037

Location: 37.381649017334, -79.9253005981445

AT turns W before powerline

WPT014

Location: 37.4213676452637, -79.9558639526367

Views to the NNE

WPT040

Location: 37.3838005065918, -79.9240341186524

Campsite

WPT007

Location: 37.3885345458984, -80.0566864013672

Trail to shelter (50 yds.)

WPT034

Location: 37.3858985900879, -79.9352188110352

Rock outcrop; view of cove

WPT004

Location: 37.4372673034668, -79.9977493286133

AT switchbacks

WPT027

Location: 37.4067344665527, -80.0015335083008

AT turns W

WPT028

Location: 37.4074668884277, -80.0014038085938

Overhang

WPT025

Location: 37.4070816040039, -79.9372863769531

Views of Carvin Cove Reservoir

WPT048

Location: 37.3899345397949, -79.9134368896484

Campsite

WPT020

Location: 37.3916511535644, -80.0370178222656

Trail to water

WPT025

Location: 37.3916168212891, -80.0197830200195

AT turns W @ jct. with old road

WPT035

Location: 37.3843841552734, -79.9333801269531

Lazy Chair Rock

WPT049

Location: 37.3900489807129, -79.9123687744141

Trail to good campsite (20 ft.)

WPT006

Location: 37.4350814819336, -79.9877014160156

Trail to shelter

WPT033

Location: 37.3875350952148, -79.9352188110352

Powerline. Best views of Carvin Cove Reservoir

WPT041

Location: 37.4344825744629, -79.9990158081055

.5-mi. cliff walk along Tinker Cliffs. Border between rocks and trees. Spectacular views extend to McAffee Knob

WPT036

Location: 37.4216842651367, -79.9958801269531

Gap

WPT022

Location: 37.4110832214356, -79.9384536743164

Powerline

WPT009

Location: 37.4322662353516, -79.9848327636719

AT turns W. Blue-blazed trail to Carvin Cove continues straight

ZZZ049

Location: 37.3936157226562, -79.9066696166992

US 220

WPT044

Location: 37.3898658752441, -79.9156188964844

Clearing

WPT050

Location: 37.3911018371582, -79.9100036621094

AT turns W @ jct. with trail that continues straight

WPT012

Location: 37.3922843933106, -80.0433349609375

Views to the NNE

WPT036

Location: 37.3816986083984, -79.9255828857422

AT veers W over rocks

WPT005

Location: 37.4401664733887, -79.9953308105469

Scorched Earth Gap and Andy Layne Trail (yellow-blazed). AT turns E

WPT030

Location: 37.4077682495117, -80.0012512207031

Views E to Cove Reservoir

WPT043

Location: 37.389949798584, -79.9179840087891

Powerline

WPT011

Location: 37.390682220459, -80.0471343994141

Powerline

WPT013

Location: 37.3914337158203, -80.0407180786133

AT turns W (go E to views)

WPT026

Location: 37.4009170532227, -80.0070495605469

AT turns W through boulders

WPT019

Location: 37.3915176391602, -80.0370330810547

Bouldering spot; Devils Kitchen

WPT003

Location: 37.4384651184082, -79.9978866577148

N end of Tinker Cliffs; woods

WPT040

Location: 37.4340171813965, -79.9984970092774

Up rock

WPT041

Location: 37.3873481750488, -79.922737121582

Powerline

WPT051

Location: 37.3928680419922, -79.9096832275391

AT turns E; woods

WPT024

Location: 37.4079322814941, -79.9374465942383

AT turns E

WPT015

Location: 37.392333984375, -80.0404968261719

Bouldering rock

WPT030

Location: 37.4015007019043, -79.9317855834961

Views NE toward city

WPT010

Location: 37.38818359375, -80.0519180297852

Gravel road

WPT002

Location: 37.3811836242676, -80.0887985229492

AT turns E

WPT037

Location: 37.4277496337891, -79.9958648681641

Gap

WPT039

Location: 37.3815155029297, -79.9243316650391

AT switchbacks before gravel road

WPT012

Location: 37.4261512756348, -79.9601364135742

Campsite; gap

WPT019

Location: 37.4165840148926, -79.9444198608398

Powerline; views to the NNW

WPT032

Location: 37.394115447998, -79.933235168457

Campsite

WPT029

Location: 37.4024505615234, -79.9329528808594

Scramble up

WPT018

Location: 37.392333984375, -80.0365676879883

AT turns E @ jct. with trail to view of airport

WPT018

Location: 37.4155654907227, -79.945068359375

Trail views to the E

WPT011

Location: 37.4304656982422, -79.9665679931641

NE views

WPT038

Location: 37.381534576416, -79.9249801635742

Powerline

WPT015

Location: 37.4157981872559, -79.9552688598633

Gap; campsite

WPT031

Location: 37.4013328552246, -79.9316329956055

Views WSW of Carvins Cove Reservoir

WPT016

Location: 37.3929824829102, -80.0371704101562

McAfee Knob: Iconic AT view from this long, overhanging rock ledge. Views overlook the valley. Bouldering opportunities in the area.

WPT033

Location: 37.4170837402344, -79.9960021972656

Gap; field. AT continues straight. Dirt road veers E to old house

WPT009

Location: 37.3875846862793, -80.0568313598633

Campsite. AT turns W

WPT007

Location: 37.434700012207, -79.9876174926758

Lamberts Meadow Shelter

WPT002

Location: 37.4375495910644, -79.9990310668945

Viewpoint; AT on edge of ridgeline

WPT029

Location: 37.4076156616211, -80.0012664794922

Trail zig-zags up and around rock slab

WPT024

Location: 37.3912010192871, -80.0292816162109

Trail to Campbell Shelter

WPT014

Location: 37.3909339904785, -80.0403366088867

Views to the WSW of Catawba Valley. Past AT

WPT010

Location: 37.4326667785644, -79.9842147827148

Sawmill Run; campsite

WPT017

Location: 37.4133338928223, -79.9487152099609

Rocks

WPT016

Location: 37.4130668640137, -79.9517669677734

Campsite

WPT021

Location: 37.3908653259277, -80.0308303833008

Campsite. If heading N, piped spring to the S is more accessible from Campbell Shelter

WPT017

Location: 37.3924827575684, -80.0361175537109

View of airport

WPT020

Location: 37.4168014526367, -79.9416656494141

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT003

Location: 37.3820495605469, -80.0866851806641

Registration kiosk

WPT026

Location: 37.4055671691894, -79.9362487792969

Rock wall

WPT008

Location: 37.4337997436523, -79.9862823486328

AT turns E. Bridge crossing over stream

WPT045

Location: 37.3898849487305, -79.9154510498047

Flat, easy-going terrain; information kiosk

WPT022

Location: 37.3899345397949, -80.0306167602539

Piped spring

WPT039

Location: 37.4336013793945, -79.9987030029297

AT turns E. Follow blazes carefully, AT turns E up boulders, not under rock overhang. Straight leads to climbing routes of Tinker Cliffs.

WPT027

Location: 37.4044990539551, -79.9355163574219

Climbing rock to the E 30 ft.

WPT032

Location: 37.4166679382324, -79.9966506958008

Old trail to the W

WPT038

Location: 37.4333152770996, -79.9990692138672

Enter boulders

WPT046

Location: 37.389965057373, -79.9151306152344

Norfolk and Western railroad crossing

WPT047

Location: 37.3898658752441, -79.9138031005859

Cement bridge over Tinker Creek

WPT028

Location: 37.4025650024414, -79.9332809448242

Hays Rock; 30-ft. overhang; graffiti

WPT004

Location: 37.3840179443359, -80.0808486938476

AT traverses mountainside, crossing 3 bridges over bare, exposed sections of rock; very wooded area

WPT006

Location: 37.388916015625, -80.0566329956055

Piped spring

WPT013

Location: 37.4221343994141, -79.9568481445312

Campsite

WPT008

Location: 37.3882331848144, -80.0570297241211

Catawba Mtn. Shelter

WPT023

Location: 37.4101829528809, -79.9384002685547

AT veers E @ jct. with trail that travels W

ZZZ048

Location: 37.3804016113281, -80.0894317626953

VA 311; big parking area for McAfee Knob crowds

WPT034

Location: 37.4189682006836, -79.9953689575195

Gap

WPT023

Location: 37.3908157348633, -80.0292816162109

Campbell Shelter