Tinker Cliffs Hike
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• The Tinker Cliffs Bluffs are approximately 1/4 mile long.

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• Richard, Matt, Kelly, Brett, and Nathan cookin' up hotdogs on top of Tinker Cliffs. After the sun set, temperatures fell to around 30 degrees that night. Got Mummybags?

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• Richard takes a minute to inspect our campsite for the night.

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• No bedrails attached to this 50ft bunk-bed.

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• Nathan and Matt get our hotdog fire going.

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• There's always time to have a little fun doing something crazy on the Appalachian Trial.

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• Is it a gecko or a Geico?
Whatever it is, hopefully it will save me some money on my car insurance because it's a crime what college students are required to pay on their car insurance.


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• Little Catawba Creek displays some gorgeous bluffs at the base of the Andy Layne Trail.

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• Another great attraction while walking across the ridge connecting Tinker Cliffs and McAfee’s Knob is the spectacular view of the Carvin’s Cove Reservoir.

[Tinker Cliffs]
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost

[Tinker Cliffs] STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it's queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

- Robert Frost


  • The Trip:
    1. Leave Blacksburg, VA @ 11:00 am to Catawba, VA.
    2. Arrive in Parking Lot at 11:40 am and begin to hike up Andy Layne Trail.
    3. Arrive at Tinker Cliffs after an hour and 30 minutes of hiking.
    4. Set up camp and watch the sun set!
    5. After waking up the next morning, we start hiking towards McAffee's Knob at 8:15 am.
    6. Arrive at McAffee's Knob at 10:30 am. Not much time for play because we gotta beat the Sunday traffic to The Homeplace.
    7. Arrive at the McAffee's Parking Lot at 12:00 Noon.
    8. After a 20 minute wait at the Homeplace, it's good 'ol eatin' time.

  • The Stats:
    1. 11.4 miles (one-way trip)
    2. McAffee's Knob Altitude: 3,197 Feet
      Tinker Cliffs Altitude: 3,000 Feet

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