One of my favorite hikes in Virginia, the trek to McAfee Knob, is a gorgeous stretch of the Appalachian trail, crowned by an amazing overhang of cliffs, offering a 270 degree view of the valleys below and the ridges beyond. Over 4.4 miles, you gain 1,740 feet in elevation as you make your way to the knob, which is named after James McAfee, a Scots-Irish immigrant who settled on several hundred acres in the valley below around 1748. The reward is not easily put into words. McAfee Knob, for good reason, one of the most photographed places on the Appalachian Trail. The inspirational views and gratification of accomplishment bring a sense of peace and awe as you take in this stunning creation.
“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.”
– John Muir