Special Information for McAfee Knob, Dragons Tooth, and Tinker Cliffs

In 2017, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) released a report concerning use of the Appalachian Trail across the popular scenic destinations of Dragons Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs.  In recent years, this stretch of trail has become overused and abused. The area is seeing roughly 90,000 hikers a year and not everyone is taking care of the trail. RATC needs hikers to do their part to help preserve and maintain these beautiful natural treasures!

Here are some things you can do to help:

Special regulations for this area:

  • Maximum group size, day hikes: 25
  • Maximum group size, backpacking/camping: 10
  • No alcohol
  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times
  • No camping or campfires outside of seven designated areas (north of Va 624/Newport Rd, the only legal campsites are Johns Spring Shelter, Catawba Shelter and campsites, Pig Farm campsite, Campbell Shelter and Lambert’s Meadow Shelter and campsites)
  • No camping or campfires on McAfee Knob or Tinker Cliffs