McAfee Knob - Climbing

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Discover the hidden climbing and bouldering opportunities at McAfee Knob, near Roanoke, VA, an iconic destination renowned for its breathtaking views along the Appalachian Trail. While primarily celebrated for its scenic hiking trails, McAfee Knob offers adventurous climbers and boulderers a unique experience amidst stunning natural beauty. As you ascend the trail to McAfee Knob, you'll encounter numerous boulders and rock outcrops, ideal for informal bouldering sessions. These natural formations provide a variety of challenges for climbers seeking to test their skills in a serene, picturesque environment. The summit's rocky ledges and outcrops present additional opportunities for light bouldering, allowing climbers to enjoy unparalleled panoramic views while engaging in their favorite activity. Along the Appalachian Trail, climbers can explore scattered boulders that offer different levels of difficulty, making it a great spot for both beginners and seasoned boulderers. The rocky formations near the summit also provide exciting spots for climbing, combining the thrill of the sport with the beauty of the surroundings. Whether you're a local or visiting the Roanoke area, the climbing and bouldering opportunities at McAfee Knob offer a refreshing and adventurous complement to the traditional hiking experience. Embrace the challenge and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of McAfee Knob.

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  • Directions: •From Roanoke - take I-81 south to exit 141. •Turn left at the traffic light onto route 419 (Electric Rd.) and follow 0.4 miles to next traffic light (Rt. 311) •Turn right onto route 311N and follow 5.6 miles to the top of the mountain •The trailhead parking lot is at the very top on the left.
  • Major Access Routes: I-81, Rt. 311
  • Additional Information: Most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Distance in Miles - Round Trip: 8
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open