This loop is a great option for an overnight backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. The hike totals approximately 32 miles and is suggested as a three night trip.
The hike starts and finishes at the Rt. 311 Appalachian Trail trail head. Begin by hiking north on the trail to McAfee Knob. After passing the knob, turn left down Andy Layne Trail and cross to North Mountain Trail. From North Mountain Trail, hike south to Rt. 311 and cross Rt. 311 to hike up to Dragon's Tooth. After hiking Dragon's Tooth, continue north on the trail back to Rt. 311 parking lot and the conclusion of your hike.
Camping on the Appalachian Trail between Rt. 311 and Andy Layne Trail is ONLY permitted at shelters and the designated sites beside shelters. The same also applies with camping between Rt. 624 & Rt. 311.