August 23, 2015 - Catawba, VA
Now that we've moved to such a beautiful area- we've made it our mission to try and hike every weekend. After handling Dragon's Tooth a few weeks prior, it was time to trek to 'the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.'
There's a small parking area off the highway that was accompanied by a port-a-pottie (thank you). Then we crossed the road to get to the start of the hike. The signs are a little contradictory but we think it was about 4 miles to the top. There was a lot of up and down as we climbed slightly up the side of the mountain. That's the one thing about hiking on the AT- you have to get up there first!!
This trail was rocky but not as much as our previous one, and there was no bouldering involved. We slowly made our way up (I got stung by something- bee or horsefly) Not sure what it was but it definitely hurt!! As we were getting close we got to cross through what felt like a field of giant boulders. They were huge and it was quite the site.
Then we arrived at the top!! The sun was really bright but we got to take in the view and walk along the cliff's edge for some great shots. It lives up to that name for sure! We sat down for a few, had our granola bars and Nuun and took a breather. Then it was time to head back down the mountain and to brunch!! We had heard about the Homeplace. AND WOW- it was delicious all you can eat southern cooking. Much needed after that hike.
Sunday Hike Edition: McAfee Knob complete!