McAfee Knob, Tinker Ridge, Dragon's Tooth

McAfee KnobThis amazing site at mile 711.1 is the most photographed site along the A.T. The Knob has a 270 degree panorama of the Catawba Valley and North Mountain to the west, Tinker Cliffs to the north and the Roanoke Valley to the east.  Tinker Ridge/Hay Rock Overlook

This trail crosses Tinker Creek then ascends Tinker Ridge providing the most spectacular views of Carvins Cove respiratory and the Roanoke Valley. 

Dragon's Tooth

Considered by some to be the most challenging hike of the southern half of the A.T. This is a unique geologic feature that consists of Tuscarora quartzite spires which outcrop on the top of Cove Mountain. The tallest "tooth" projects 35 feet above the surrounding rock. The trail to Dragon's Tooth ascends steep, rugged outcrops of quartzite which form the spine of Cove Mountain and North Mountain. The spine is known as Dragon's Back. A difficult hike, Dragon's Tooth summit offers magnificent views of nearby and distant peaks.