The Appalachian Trail’s Pride Rock: Hiking McAfee Knob
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The Appalachian Trail’s Pride Rock: Hiking McAfee Knob

McAfee Knob is the most photographed spot along the entire Appalachian Trail. I don’t know how you can prove that exactly, but the internet says so. And I saw lots of cameras out.

The hike is easy; not technical at all. It’s a bit rocky on the AT portion, but not steep and nothing crazy. The trek up doesn’t have much to look at. It’s bland. Like a chicken breast with no seasoning. Yet, it’s all worth it for the views at the Knob (and a hell of a photo op of the Knob itself).

McAfee Knob via Appalachian Trail

We lucked out and had a totally perfect mid-August day, with barely any crowds. I’ve only done small chunks of the Appalachian Trail, but this is by far my favorite overlook.

The scene looks straight out of The Lion King. I wish I had a little kitten in my backpack so I could whip it out and hold it up all dramatic-like while I play Circle of Life on my portable speaker.

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Distance: 7.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1561 feet
Route Type: Loop

Cost: Free

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