Moderate Difficulty to Strenuous depending on experience. This is a 7.7 mile beautiful trail! There are two routes from parking lot. There is the fire trail (easier hike) 100 feet to the left of the trail start, and there is the AT trail. If you want to make the hike a little easier then you should take fire trail. I highly recommend the sunrise or sunset hike. Mcaffes knob has a lot of traffic so be prepared for a crowded parking lot and overlook.The overlook is one of,if not, the best views in SWVA on the AT. Be sure to bring plenty of water (at least 3 bottles per hiker) The overlook can be very crowded, especially on holiday weekends. The hike is pet friendly and you will pass many hikers with dogs. Be sure your kids can handle a hike like this before you go because it can be difficult for some. If you are a beginner, I recommend completing a easier hike before taking on mcaffes knob.This trail can make a beginner uncomfortable so being prepared is important. Park rules and regulations are enforced: Maximum group size, day hikes: 25 Maximum group size, backpacking/camping: 10 No alcohol Dogs must be kept on leash at all times No camping or campfires outside of 7 designated areas ( north of Va 624/Newport Rd, the only legal campsites are Johns Spring Shelter, Catawba Shelter and campsites, Pig Farm campsite, Campbell Shelter and Lambert’s Meadow Shelter and campsites) No camping or campfires on McAfee Knob or Tinker Cliffs A fun fact- In the Film "A Walk In The Woods" Nick Nolte and Robert Redford stand on the famous Mcaffes overlook. The actors kinda cheated since they rode in off road vehicles to the overlook but none the less it is fun to know they chose mcaffes knob on the movie poster!
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