Footbridge Planned for AT Highway Crossing Near McAfee Knob

An Appalachian Trail pedestrian bridge across busy Route 311 near McAfee Knob in Virginia is expected to provide an easier crossing of the highway as soon as 2025.

An estimated 45,000 people visit McAfee Knob annually. The parking lot often overflows and crossing the busy, high-speed highway can be tricky.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved a $2.3 million highway safety grant for the work, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club are raising $200,000 to buy seven acres of land near the current parking area. The two groups anticipate transferring the land to the National Park Service for possible restrooms and improved parking at the McAfee Knob trailhead.

More information on the pedestrian bridge can be found here.

Feature photo courtesy Chaunce.

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