ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Are you ready to enjoy peak leaf season from a different view? You’re in luck because Roanoke County has partnered with Ride Source to introduce the McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle Service later this week.

According to Roanoke County Planning, transportation will be provided from exit 140 on I-81, along the Appalachian Nation Scenic Trail, to the National Park Service’s McAfee Knob trail every 30 minutes.

Officials say the shuttle service will be available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Friday, Sept. 2 until Sunday, Nov. 27, as well as Labor Day.

Due to daylight saving time, the shuttle’s hours will vary, with the last shuttle departing from the trailhead 15 minutes prior to service ending. Here are the monthly hours provided by Roanoke County Planning:

  • September: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • November: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Officials tell WFXR News that shuttle seats 22 riders, along with two ADA-accessible spots for wheelchairs. The ride costs $5 plus processing fees for a one-way ticket. Cash will not be accepted by the drivers, so if you want to purchase tickets, visit McAfee Shuttle’s website.

The shuttle service will reportedly resume its service on March 3, 2023 and will run until Nov. 26, 2023.

“The shuttle is possible thanks to funding from anticipated fares, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Roanoke County. We are excited for locals and tourists alike to come and enjoy the beautiful views from McAfee Knob,” Roanoke County Planning wrote on Facebook.

If you would like to learn more about the shuttle service, follow this link.