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Hike to Kelly's Knob via the Appalachian Trail

Craig County, Virginia

4.3/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

4 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Jake Sells

Hike a segment of the Appalachian Trail to a Kelly's Knob, a rocky overlook looking over the valley below.

This is a great day hike for families or groups looking to get out for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail in Jefferson National Forest.

From 460W Take Blue Grass Trail Rd then a left onto Clover Hollow Rd/State Route 601. Continue on this for 6.7 miles until you reaches an intersection with the Appalachain Trail. There's some side road parking enough for a few cars and the trailhead is on the right.

The trail starts off ascending 500' in the first 0.5 mile but everything following this is a nice easy stroll along a ridge. Follow this for another 1.5 miles until an intersection with a sign and blue trail markers leading to the lookout is seen on the right.

There's a firepit and several rocky outlooks to explore and take pictures of.

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Reviews

Really great leader known hike in the Blacksburg Christiansburg area!

I have not met many people in the area familiar with this trail. It is overshadowed by some of the more popular hikes in the region. But it is certainly a nice hike. I would recommend trying it sometime during the year when leaves are mostly fallen off the trees because the view is partially blocked otherwise.

This is a nice, gradually-climbing hike to a small outcrop. The view from the outcrop is partially obstructed by trees, but is still a nice view. The hike can also be done going south on the Appalachian Trail from Rt. 42. From this direction it passes through meadows, crosses streams, and also has a shelter for camping. Round trip distance from Rt. 42 would be 8.2 miles.

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