Hike service

Roanoke County Celebrates New Shuttle Service to McAfee Knob

ROANOKE, Va. – McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed Appalachian Trial sites with nearly 50,000 visitors each year.

“I’m from Alexandria, the city area, and I just Googled some awesome places to drive and Roanoke came up,” said Glenn Lopez, who was hiking.

The Trailhead parking lot has caused headaches for hikers and law enforcement in the past as the parking lot fills up quickly.

On Thursday, Roanoke County launched an alternative — a new shuttle that will take hikers to and from McAfee Knob from the Park and Ride at exit 140.

“It makes the experience more enjoyable. So there is less danger in some of the ways our visitors park. This made it very difficult for our emergency vehicles as they had to pass,” said Martha Hooker of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.

A d

With convenient transportation, it also enhances the experience of visitors.

The shuttle runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until November and restarts in March. It will also be available on Labor Day.

“We are so grateful to have this shuttle in place for a better visit, for a safer visit, a better sense of our community and the Roanoke Valley,” added Hooker.

The price of a one-way ticket, including fees, is $6 and can be reserved online here.

Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 – All rights reserved.