7 miles, moderate terrain
12 miles from Roanoke, $1.00 carpool fee
Located in Botetourt County, the trailhead for this hike is
on Route 779 roughly halfway between Catawba and Daleville. The hike
crosses meadows and Catawba Creek and then starts the ascent to Scorched Earth
Gap where it continues on the AT to Tinker Cliffs. Several spots along
the cliffs offer excellent views of McAfee Knob and the Catawba Valley.
In 2001, this trail
was dedicated to Andy Layne - a hard-working trail maintaining member of RATC who passed away in
1991. He maintained the terrible section that went straight up the drainage before Roanoke Cement
was so generous and replaced the log bridge over Catawba Creek every year before we built the magificent
bridges that we use today.