McAfee Knob-8.4 miles-Moderately Strenuous
McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail (AT). Chances are you've seen McAfee Knob pictured in Appalachian Trail movies, books and calendars. McAfee Knob has almost 270 degree views including the Catawba Valley and North Mountain to the West, Tinker Cliffs to the North and the Roanoke Valley to the East. This is one of those hikes that should be on everyone's must do list...!
The hike is 8.4 miles out and back with roughly 1,700' of elevation gain. The hike up to McAfee Knob is 4.2 miles, all up hill. I wouldn't describe the climb to McAfee as extreme, but it is a continuous 4 mile uphill hike with the last 1.5 miles of this stretch being the most difficult.
A post hike stop for beverages and a bite at Three Lit'l Pigs BBQ is recommended.
Hikers will be rewarded for their efforts with spectacular views and hopefully a great McAfee picture.
(Awesome pictures thanks to Claire C)
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Note on difficulty: This hike will have approximately 1,700' of elevation gain, almost entirely on the outbound leg up to McAfee. This is not an easy hike - for experienced hikers only. If you have a question regarding your ability to do this hike, please contact me...
Where: For those wanting to carpool and/or caravan out together, we will meet at Barracks Road Shopping Center in front of Great Outdoor Provision Co. We will depart Barracks Road no later than 8:30 a.m - please arrive by 8:15 so that we can figure out who is riding with whom. Driving time to the trail head will be about two hours. From Barracks Road, we will be heading South on 29 to I64, we will take I64 West to I81 South. We will make a short pit stop at the rest area at mile marker #158 before continuing to exit #141 (Hwy Va 419) to Va 311 to McAfee Knob Parking Area. If you plan on driving directly to the trail head, please say so in the comment section, so that we are not waiting for you at the carpool. Please be at the Trail Head by 10:15.
Link To: McAfee Knob Parking Area (https://www.google.com/maps/place/McAfee+Knob+Parking+Areafirstname.lastname@example.org,-80.0918985,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x884d081ae22109bb:0xf3f54538ffd0e80d!8m2!3d37.3801219!4d-80.0897098)
Fees & Such: Of course for the carpool to work, some have to offer to drive so others can ride. Riders, please give your driver $8.00 to cover their expenses.
Supplies: please bring plenty of water and wear hiking boots/shoes. Trekking poles are recommended for this hike. We will be taking a nice break for exploring and enjoying lunch at McAfee Knob - so bring lunch and snacks...! Also, pay attention to the mountain weather - a rain shell is always a good idea to have in your pack.
Disclaimer: GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)
Weather: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike, the decision will be made no later than 7:00 a.m. - cancellations will be posted in the hike comment section... Steady rain with not much chance for clearing and/or forecast for dangerous conditions will call for postponing the hike. Also note - that given the longer drive and hope to see McAfee on a picture taking day, we're not going to make the drive if the weather isn't nice...
RSVP: If you find that you're not going to be able to attend the hike, please update your RSVP to "No" as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend.
Dog Policy: If you want to hike with your pup, please check out our - Dog Policy (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22042321/Dog_Policy/). The simple basics are dogs need to be on a short (max 6', non-retractable - Park rule) leash, owners need to pick up after their dog, your pup will need plenty of drinking water, dogs need to be well behaved and capable of keeping up with the pace of the two legged hikers.