McAfee Knob - JNF
Appalachian Trail's most photographed
Great Virginia Hiking Books!

North Mountain Trail - Catawba, VA


Printable Topo Trail Map
   All Hikes Map
   Click for location shots
   Click for Parking/Start location
   Hike trail blazed colors
   Other trail

  • Flash_FP1
  • Flash_FP2
  • Flash_FP3

Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
12.2 mls
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
Resources:
7.0 hours with half hour for lunch
3,350 ft
Printable Hike Map (PDF)
Catawba, VA Weather Forecast
Garmin (GDB), GPS eXchange (GPX) (What's this?)
3D View of Route
From:

Park in the lot on Route 779 (Catawba Road). 37.45744, -80.01747
 

By Trail Contributor: Jeff Monroe

The North Mountain Trail was once an alignment of the Appalachian Trail, back when landowners did not give permission for the trail to approach McAfee Knob and before the National Park Service purchased land for the present route. The North Mountain Trail remains in use today, close to three of the top hiking destinations in Virginia (McAfee Knob, Dragon’s Tooth, and Tinker Cliffs) and allows a backpacker to connect all three in a loop of about 37 miles.  The North Mountain Trail has nothing of note along its distance when compared to its nearby superstar destinations with few if any summer views, and there is usually no water to be found along its length.  However, it does offer solitude and multiple campsites.  And if you are backpacking the entire Triple Crown, this trail completes your loop.

Calculate roughly how many calories you could burn on the North Mountain Trail hike:

=
Hiker Reviews For The North Mountain Trail Hike (5 Most Recent)

Be the first to review the North Mountain Trail hike here!   Share Hike: 

Early March
about us | terms of use | © 2018