13 Days: Kelly’s Knob Hike

The Tres Amigos

Today we took all 4 dogs hiking on the Appalachian Trial to an outlook called “Kelly’s Knob”.  Located on the border of Giles and Craig counties in Southwest Virginia, about 30 minutes from Virginia Tech, this trial was about 4.4 miles out and back from the car to the lookout.  We had never done this hike before and are glad that we did it before we graduated!  It took us about 3.5-hours roundtrip, although we stopped to take many pictures and stayed at the outlook for a while.  This was a moderately difficult hike (the first mile of this trail is a steep, rocky climb) with a beautiful outlook at the end, known as Kelly’s Knob.  The views from the outlook are beautiful – Virginia Tech can be seen from one angle and the Blue Ridge valleys and mountains from another.  Here are some pictures from our active, fun Saturday!

Kelly's Knob Outlook

Enjoying the outlook.

Evee the Hiking Queen

Justin & Bailey

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About Kas

An occupational therapy graduate student, Virginia Tech alumna, positive-reinforcement trainer, and proud mum of 5 crazy canines.

Posted on April 30, 2011, in Adventures, Bailey, Countdown Project, Diesel, Evee, Kylie and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Beautiful! I’m thinking of taking a trip to Roanoke with my pup in the next few weeks to see relatives, and this seems like a perfect hike while we are there.

    • It’s definitely a fun hike and the views at the outlook are just breath-taking! And best of all, you and your pup will be tired afterwards 🙂

  2. Thats a feat and a half to perform with 4 dogs. Why are all the puppies looking off to the left in that one pic? Is your Lhasa off in the background saying, “say cheese!”
    (I think Lhasa, but I might have gotten that mixed up)

    • I am not quite sure what they are looking at over to the left there – I think another hiker was on the rocks. And Evee is a Bichon (no worries, the small, fluffy breeds are easy to mix up!). Maybe she was saying, “Say cheese!” haha. She had no desire to go on the rocks so she got tied up to a tree behind the outlook while we took some pictures.

  3. Looks like everybody had fun! Nice photos!

  4. The top picture is so wonderful, they look like they are all enjoying the break but eagerly reenergizing! And the backdrop is stunning, makes me homesick!

    • Thank you! I really like that first picture – and amazingly, it was the only shot I took of them before they all got antsy and started moving around. And Kelly’s Knob certainly is a beautiful, serene place!

  5. What happy looking dogs! Great photos. I like hiking the Appalachian Trail near us, in the northern area. I especially enjoy hiking the Delaware Water Gap. I LOVE the last picture especially – what beautiful harmony between man and animal, and in such perfect surroundings! It can’t get more serene than that. 🙂

  6. Hi – popping over from the Blog Hop yesterday – great pics! Looks like a wonderful day for a hike. I especially like that last photo! Happy Sunday! Come visit us sometime!

    • Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments! We’ll definitely come visit your blog. Happy Sunday to you as well!

  7. What a beautiful place!

    • It certainly is – it’s nice to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of life sometimes and take time to enjoy nature.

  8. What great photos. The doggies look so happy. As you know, we love hiking!

  9. That looked like a great hike and the pictures are gorgeous!

  10. Wow! What stunning photos! It’s always such a great feeling to visit a spot you’ve never been to before…especially with views like that. Thanks for taking us along on your adventure!

    • I’m glad that you like the pictures – I was a little too scared to go to the edge of the cliff (and didn’t dare take the dogs over there either). It was a great hike and we’ll definitely try it again sometime.

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