January 4


McAfee Knob Hike via Appalachian Trail – Unofficial Trail Guide

By Brian B

January 4, 2021



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Mcafee Knob Fire Road Yoanoke

McAfee Knob Via Appalachian Trail, Va - Unofficial Trail Guide

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McAfee Knob Via Appalachian Trail is the most photographed section of the 2,190 stretch of the Appalachian Trail and is said to have an average of 100 people at a time on the trail during busy season (Source: Wikipedia). This portion of the Appalachian Trail is managed by the National Park Service.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

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Best Picture Locations

McAfee Knob won't disappoint as the best picture spot on the hike.

Mcafee Knob Snow Peak scaled

Additional Information:

McAfee Knob Fire Road

The McAfee Knob Fire road might be the heaviest-trekked fire roads I've experienced in my hiking career. I can see alot of reasons for this as a hiker, for one it gives a loop feel to the trail giving more variety to the experience. The fire trail is a more even, steady going trail which fits a more casual trail experience.

McAfee Knob Channels

Located about 200 yards past McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail, you can't miss the formations if you're going north. The massive channel rocks tower over you as you walk between the walls. The rocks are broken off perfectly symmetrical, some slide a couple feet to the left or right.

Mcafee Knob Channels from Below Yoanoke

Photo: Mcafee Knob Channels from Below

You can follow the channels all the way back to the cliff overlooking Catawba Valley. This gives you a slightly different perspective of Catawba Valley than you'd see at the knob.

Mcafee Knob Channels Yoanoke

McAfee Knob Channels From Above

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