McAfee Knob – Appalachian Trail Day Hike, AT Shelters – Roanoke, VA

McAfee Knob is located northwest of both Roanoke, Virginia and I-81. From I-81, take exit 140 or 141, head north, and follow VA-311 N 5.6 miles to the trailhead; located at the top of a ridge. Continue reading “McAfee Knob – Appalachian Trail Day Hike, AT Shelters – Roanoke, VA”

Kelly Knob Overlook – Appalachian Trail Day Hike – Blacksburg, VA

Kelly Knob Overlook is about seven miles north of Newport, Virginia. From Blacksburg, take US-460W for 8 miles, turn right on VA-42 E/Blue Grass Trail, turn left on Clover Hollow Rd/State Route 601, and continue on it for 6.7 miles until it reaches an intersection with the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading “Kelly Knob Overlook – Appalachian Trail Day Hike – Blacksburg, VA”

Claytor Lake State Park – Hiking Trails, Swimming Beach – Dublin, VA

Claytor Lake State Park is in Dublin, Virginia and south of Radford, Virginia. Take I-81 to exit 101 and follow signs to the park. Continue reading “Claytor Lake State Park – Hiking Trails, Swimming Beach – Dublin, VA”

Ellett Valley Recreational Area – Short Hiking Loop – Blacksburg, VA

Ellett Valley Recreational Area is located near the boundaries of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Virginia. We drove to the trail by taking South Main Street to Ellet Road (which becomes Cedar Run Road), turning right onto Jennelle road, and then taking a quick left into the trailhead’s parking lot. Continue reading “Ellett Valley Recreational Area – Short Hiking Loop – Blacksburg, VA”