ElevationAscent: 1,340' 409 m
Descent: -1,344' -410 m
High: 3,163' 964 m
Low: 2,002' 610 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“The Knob has a panorama of the Catawba Valley, North Mountain, Tinker Cliffs, and Roanoke Valley.”— Donovan Fitzgerald
Around the 2.4 mile the AT crosses the McAfee Fire Road and people taking either route will follow the AT the rest of the way to the Knob. The rest of the way the AT moves over to the western side of the ridge and begins to provide views in the direction of Catawba. You'll pass under transmission lines and head into a section of trail that is lined with large boulders.
You'll reach the knob around the 3.8 mile point and the views and rock formations are amazing. Due to the sites popularity, you're not likely to get to enjoy this location in solitude, but at least someone can take some epic pictures of you and whomever you bring.
After taking some time to allow your legs to rehab, you return the way you came until you reach the point where the AT crosses the Fire Road. A right on the McAfee Fire Road keeps you on the top of the ridge as it returns you in the direction of the parking lot. Along the Fire Road you'll be treated with fantastic views towards both Salem and Catawba. As you proceed down the road, you'll come to a park sign on the right hand side. Just past this sign on the left you'll find the connection to the AT and the final section that leads to the parking lot. Please be careful crossing VA-311. There are curves leading to the crossing point and the drivers do not have a lot of time to see pedestrians.
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