McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle

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McAfee Knob Trailhead Parking Lot to close on November 30, 2023

A pedestrian bridge to carry the Appalachian Scenic Trail over Route 311 will start construction in early 2024. In order to prepare for construction the parking lot will not be open for parking to any vehicles starting November 30, 2023.

View the VDOT project page for up to date information regarding the project and the status of the parking lot.

Make Your Trip to McAfee Knob Easy!

The McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle Service provides safe and convenient transportation to the McAfee Knob Trailhead on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with occasional Mondays for holidays (Memorial Day and Labor Day).


When planning your visit to McAfee Knob you should allow four to six hours to complete the hike. Please consider this time frame when booking a return reservation to the Park and Ride.

The shuttle has capacity to hold 20 passengers on each shuttle run. 

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail in our area is not accessible by wheelchair. The funding obtained to operate the shuttle requires ADA accessibility on the vehicle.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is supporting the McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle with state funding.

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Seasonal Shuttle Schedule

The shuttle will run on a continuous loop from the I-81 Exit 140 Park and Ride in Salem, Virginia following a route to the Catawba Community Center to turn around and then safely deliver passengers to the designated shuttle pull-off near the McAfee Knob Trailhead parking lot. Passengers waiting for the shuttle at the trailhead parking lot should stand clear of the pull off area as the shuttle approaches to pick up passengers. The shuttle will then return to the Park and Ride for the next shuttle run. The route is approximately a 15 minute ride to and from the trailhead.

March 2023 -7:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

April 2023 through September 2023 - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

October 2023 - 7:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

November 2023 - 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Shuttle Reservations and Fare

  • To reserve your seat, visit and click BOOK NOW or reserve online.

$5 one way, $10 round trip plus processing fees.


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Riders may book online at by clicking BOOK NOW.

  • All payments are cashless.
  • The fare is $5 one way and $10 roundtrip plus, booking fees.
  • The reservation is booked once the rider selects a time slot.
  • If a reservation is missed, you will be placed on standby pending available seats on the next shuttle.
  • For additional information on booking please call (540) 761-7564 between the hours of 6:30 AM  and 7:30 PM on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday's that fall on a holiday.