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Sawtooth Ridge

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The hike along Sawtooth Ridge is a scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail in Roanoke County. It's a 2 mile, out-and-back, relatively easy hike that's great for kids and leashed dogs, with beautiful views of the mountains and opportunities for bird watching. The trail winds through the forest, offering good shade during warmer months and the opportunity to see beautiful foliage in spring and fall. To access the trail, park at the parking area for McAfee Knob atop Catawba Mountain on Route 311 and head south on the Appalachian Trail. The trail for hiking Sawtooth Ridge is on the same side of Route 311 as the parking area, as opposed to hiking McAfee Knob, which requires crossing the road. NOTE - Due to the popularity of McAfee Knob, parking for this trail can be challenging. Consider visiting during off-times, such as mid-week, for greater parking availability.