Signal Knob Trail

Great vistas in George Washington National Forest


The trail starts uphill with yellow/orange blazes and curves to the right around the mountain for about 1.5 miles to Buzzard Rock Overlook. With a 1600 foot elevation gain over the first 3 miles, and very Rock Terrain this hike is strenuous. There is a total elevation gain of 2600 feet between the two ascents. Signal Knob is a mountain in the Massanutten Ridge that is near Front Royal. The summit of Signal Knob offers a great view of Fort Valley.

Directions: Google Directions

From Strasburg, VA, Take SR 55 east for about 5 miles to Waterlick. Then take SR 678 south for 5 miles to the Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area. The trailhead is at the Bear Wallow / Signal Knob parking lot on SR 678 approximately 1 mile north of the Elizabeth Furnace Picnic Area.

State: Virginia
County: Shenandoah
Latitude: 38.94313
Longitude: -78.31836
Length: 10.5 miles
Difficulty: 8
( 5.0 out of 5) based on 1 reviews
Trail viewed 3654 times
Have a picture of this trail? Upload a Picture

User: Dawn Baker Title: Meneka Peak Rating:
5 of 5
Date: Thu Mar-11-2010
Trip Type: Day Hike
Signal Knob Trail Report:

We didn’t hike the entire Signal Knob hike, but rather followed the 8.6 mile Meneka Peak trail which included a good amount of Signal Knob. The Overlook was just gorgeous and I was able to snap quite a few beautiful images. This hike was also incredibly dog friendly for those of us with large high energy dogs (I have German Shepherds)It’s a rocky climb in many areas but, as long as you have a little endurance built up and aren’t trying to win a race, very do-able for those in okay shape. I’m overweight myself, but I do high incline walking on the treadmill and ellyptical on a daily basis. I think almost anyone who doesn’t have any real physical issues is capable of doing the 8.6 mile day hike if they just take it slow and steady. But…if you are slow and steady be sure to get an early start if you plan to make the dinner table :)

Hiked this Trail? Create a new Trail Report

Other nearby trails
Miles Trail Name Short Description
13 Bluff-Appalachian Trail Loop Features Big Devil Stairs
24 Whiteoak Canyon Falls Six waterfalls falls, starting from the Blue Ridge and ending down at the base of the canyon
24 Old Rag Popular Boulder filled trail in Shenandoah National Park
61 Riprap Trail Hike to Chimney Rock
63 Turk Mountain Easy shaded trail with a view