From the trail head take the yellow blazed Andy Lane trail for about 3.1 miles to the intersection with the Appalachian trail. Turn right onto the white blazed AT (Southbound) and reach Tinker Cliffs within 0.25 miles. Enjoy the 180 degree view!
Length: 6.6 miles (3.3 miles one way and backtrack)
Elevation range: From 1,300 feet near the trailhead and creek crossings to just a hair under 3,000 feet at the cliffs.
Bluff top views are the most prominent feature, but there are also nice creek drainages, intriguing rock formations, and lovely forests on the way. Even the part of the trail that goes through a cow pasture includes pleasant rushing streams and scenic views up toward surrounding ridges.
Some tough, steep stretches as it rises 1,700 feet in elevation.
Directions to Trailhead:
The trailhead is almost exactly halfway between Catawba and Daleville on Virginia 779. Take Virginia 311 from I-81 at Salem, go 8 miles west to Catawba, turn right on 779 at Catawba, then travel 8.3 miles to trailhead, located on the right just past a bridge and turn in the road. Or, go 1.5 miles on U.S. 220 North from I-81 near Hollins to Daleville and turn left 8.4 miles to the trailhead, on the left. Virginia 779 is also marked as Catawba Road and Bikecentennial bike route 76.