Appalachian Trail - Hiking

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Explore an abundance of captivating hiking opportunities along the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, VA, nestled within the scenic George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. This esteemed trail network offers diverse terrains and breathtaking vistas, catering to adventurers of all skill levels. Embark on the iconic McAfee Knob hike, a moderate 8.8-mile round-trip journey boasting panoramic views of the Catawba Valley. Capture stunning photographs and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this beloved destination. For a more challenging adventure, tackle the Dragon's Tooth hike, a rugged 5.7-mile round-trip trek featuring steep ascents and rewarding summit views of unique rock formations. Alternatively, savor the Tinker Cliffs hike, spanning approximately 7.4 miles round-trip. Traverse wooded landscapes and relish awe-inspiring vistas from rocky outcrops along the trail. Looking for a shorter excursion? Discover the Daleville to Troutville section, a 4.5-mile stretch perfect for leisurely day hikes amidst tranquil woodlands and occasional scenic overlooks. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a novice explorer, the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke promises unparalleled beauty and endless adventure opportunities.

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  • Directions: The Appalachian Trail comes from the east and crosses over I-81 just north of Roanoke in Botetourt County. The trail continues north and runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Shenandoah Valley.
  • Additional Information: With a length of approximately 2,180 miles, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. Virginia has more miles of the trail (550 miles) than any other state. It is estimated roughly 2-3 million people visit the "A.T." every year.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
  • Friday Hours: Open
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  • Wednesday Hours: Open