McAfee Knob VA- Closest place to to camp/car camp?

8:08 p.m. on May 27, 2013 (EDT)
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Would like to the 8+ mile hike to McAfee Knob- driving from PA- want to spend 2 nights somewhere/near there- then going to the shore for a week!! Where is a good place to camp?

8:30 p.m. on May 27, 2013 (EDT)
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If you want to camp there's a shelter one mile into the trail. It's for hikers but you could pitch a tent like most thru hikers and its only 3 miles from the top..Just follow the trail north and you will hit it..

1:47 p.m. on May 28, 2013 (EDT)
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I agree with Denis.  You can park at the rd. crossing there and hike about a mile south to the shelter.  Make sure to hit the Home Place to eat while you're in the area - AYCE southern food!

4:40 p.m. on May 28, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks guys- Will it be OK to park my car there overnight? VA311 parking area? Is there any car camping near there? ALSO as I was researching McAfee Knob- there was a norovirus alert on the AT/not sure which sight I saw it on/. Any knowledge of this.

5:52 p.m. on May 28, 2013 (EDT)
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No direct knowledge of McAfee knob but I first saw the norovirus alert last year for Tn and NC. Be sure to treat or filter your water with a method that can handle viruses, practice good hygiene concerning your hands/mouth and you should be OK.

Norovirus can be spread from surface contact after airsolization; an infected person can cough on a surface, you touch it, then touch your food or mouth and pick it up.

For this reason I try to avoid shelters or limit my surface contact in them. I have had norovirus in the past and its nasty; I’m not a germphobe but if you ever get the virus you will understand my disposition.

8:58 a.m. on May 29, 2013 (EDT)
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No one can guarantee the safety of your car at AT road crossings!  However, if you hide all valuables, you should be OK.  Filtering does not remove norovirus.  A halogen treatment (chlorine or iodine), or boiling will do that.

9:46 a.m. on May 29, 2013 (EDT)
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I haven't heard of anyone having problems with their car being parked there overnight, That would have gotten around the area quick.. Like Seth said hide all valuables..

10:17 a.m. on May 29, 2013 (EDT)
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Seth,

Is norovirus a very small one? Most of the information on small pore filters describes them as removing "some" viruses.

 

rlMoore,

Here is the excellent series that Bill wrote on the topic.

http://www.trailspace.com/articles/backcountry-water-treatment-part-1-hydration.html

10:26 a.m. on May 29, 2013 (EDT)
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Never mind Seth.....norovirus is between 27-33 nm,

the small side of the range is .027 microns, the pore size on my MSR mini works filter is .2 microns. So a virus that small would just pass on though with a wave and smile at the filter.

5:20 p.m. on May 29, 2013 (EDT)
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just boil it. it's faster than waiting for the treatments to work. be sure to bring extra stove fuel.

10:03 p.m. on May 29, 2013 (EDT)
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Seth= so what's the 'Home Place"?

12:02 a.m. on May 30, 2013 (EDT)
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It's an all you can eat Resturant not far from the trail and the Knob....You can drive to it from the parking area...

9:01 p.m. on June 1, 2013 (EDT)
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WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I DID IT!!!! I thought it was pretty hard! Pictures soon- Thanks everybody. Saw all the things you suggested-GREAT COMMUNITY- TBC-PEACE-RANDY. I am watching the Atlantic Ocean as I type-MOUNTAINS/OCEAN 24hrs later!!!!!!!!!

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