Southern Virginia’s Triple Crown

20 April 2014 (Day 47) – There are three must see sights along the A.T. in Southern Virginia: Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs. Dragon’s Tooth is a sharp, sheer-faced rock formation popular with day hikers. The way to this formation is sheer rock, narrow, and covered in metal hand/foot holds. The descent, with a 30 pound backpack, was sporty.

McAfee Knob is the most photographed spot on the A.T. The view of Roanoke and the surrounding valleys is outstanding. It was a popular spot on Easter Sunday with Virginia Tech students and their parents. I managed to shoo them off the knob long enough to get this picture of me on the knob.

Tinker Cliffs is 6 miles further on the Trail. My favorite of the three; it was quiet, gorgeous views, and the perfect place to end my day’s hike with fellow hikers Papa Squats and Spaghetti.

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7 Responses to Southern Virginia’s Triple Crown

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow, looks incredible Tom! And too funny, we were just at Virginia Tech last wknd 🙂


  2. RIck Whewell says:

    Great photos Tom.


  3. Vickie says:

    Spectacular Tom! You continue to prove to me why you wanted to hike the AT.


  4. Kaye says:



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