June 5


Tinker Cliffs – [2021] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 5, 2021

Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob, Overlook, Virginias Triple Crown Loop

Tinker Cliffs Statistics


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Iconic Picture Spot

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Tinker Cliffs - [2021] Unofficial Trail Guide

 Cliffs       Nature Walk        Appalachian Trail  

Tinker Cliffs via Andy Layne Trail is a difficult but rewarding hike near Roanoke, Va on the Appalachian Trail. The Andy Layne Trail is a private spur trail, therefore no camping is allowed until you reach the Appalachian trail near the top of the overlook. 

The summit of Tinker Cliffs overlooks Catawba Valley and McAfee Knob and is a short hike to an overlook of Carvins Cove to the south.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Tinker Cliffs Trail Location & Conditions

Tinker Cliffs Best Picture Locations

Once you reach the top of Tinker Cliffs, it will be hard to find an overlook that isn't incredible.

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Is Tinker Cliffs on the Appalachian Trail?

Tinker Cliffs is directly on the Appalachian Trail. The white blazes run at times almost parallel to the cliffs

How long of a hike is Tinker Cliffs?

Tinker Cliffs via Andy Layne Trail is a 7.3 mile round trip hike with over 1,900 feet in elevation gain

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