Three Blacksburg hikes you must experience

by Jenna Delaney–

There are so many things to do around Blacksburg on a beautiful day. One popular activity hiking the many trails that we live so close to. With Virginia Tech being nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, there is no shortage of fun trails to hike, check out this list of ones you have to do before leaving the area!

Cascades Waterfall Hike


Pembroke, Va., March 31- The Cascades Waterfall. Photo by: Jenna Delaney

The Cascades trail is located a short 25 minutes away from Blacksburg, with a unique view at the top of the trail. This fairly easy 4-mile hike leads you up to a 66-foot breathtaking waterfall. It’s a popular trail that attracts hikers of all skill levels and abilities. Great on a winter day or warm summer afternoon, this is one view you don’t want to miss.

McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail

If you’re looking for a longer and more challenging hike this one is for you! Located only about 45 minutes away from Blacksburg, this trail offers a challenging hike with a reward of some great views. The trial is about 7.7- miles round trip with a nice forest setting and places to camp along the way. It has great reviews and avid hikers should definitely give this one a try.

Tinker Cliffs 


Salem, Va., February 28- The view from the peak of Tinker Cliffs Trail. Photo by: Jenna Delaney


This trail, also located about 45 minutes away from Blacksburg is another tough one with a great pay off at the peak. The trial is a rocky and steep 7.7-miles from the parking lot. The trial has a few unique features with a break from the trial to cross a cow pasture and a bridge to cross over a creek. The peak offers amazing views and it worth testing your limits for.