June 10


Virginia’s Triple Crown Loop – Unofficial Trail Guide

By Brian B

June 10, 2021

Difficult, Dragons Tooth, McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs



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Virginia's Triple Crown Loop

Virginia's Triple Crown Loop - 2021 Trail Guide

 Bucket List       Backpacking        Epic  

Virginia's Triple Crown is a 27.7 mile section of the Appalachian Trail going through Roanoke, Va. The Triple Crown starts at Dragons Tooth following the trail to McAfee Knob then to Tinker Cliffs. The Triple Crown is completed either by taking the Andy Layne Spur Trail down to the Tinker Cliffs parking lot, continuing past the parking lot and looping down North Mountain back to Dragons Tooth, or continuing down the Appalachian Trail past Hay Rock and exiting at U.S. 220 intersection. 

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

The three iconic locations for pictures on Virginia's Triple Crown Loop will be at McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs & Dragon's Tooth of course. More pictures to come soon. 

Virginias Triple Crown Loop

Additional Information

You can take the Virginia's Triple Crown in sections if you don't have backpacking gear. I thought the 12 or so miles between Dragon's Tooth and McAfee Knob was the highlight of the hike, though having to figure out car arrangements between the two trailheads can be a challenge

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