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Hike 37: Big Schloss & Tibbet Knob in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest


This circuit hike (7.4 miles, 2300' ascent) starts by following a steep ascent to a beautiful overlook of the valley, Rockcliff Lake, and its soft, white, sandy mountain beach. Hikers will then continue on a pleasant walk through meadows, woods, and an unusual rock formation (Chimney Rock). In fair weather, hikers may take an optional swim in Rockcliff Lake. Parking is available at Rockcliff Lake at 814 Trout Pond Campground Road, Lost River, WV 26810. Find more information about the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest at: The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route. Start at the Rockcliff Lake beach. Retrace the road from beach parking and take a left through the picnic area, passing a privy on the left. Take a right at the fence, cross the road, and take a right at Campground Trail (a paved loop) to #26. Take a right onto purple-blazed Junior Poe/Trout Pond Trails and continue. Turn left onto WV-59 which becomes VA-691, passing North Mountain and Lauren Run Trails. Pass a view on the right and take a left onto yellow-blazed Long Mountain Trail. Continue, passing two clearings and crossing a stream. Turn left onto purple-blazed Trout Pond Trail. Take a right at the junction onto orange-blazed Chimney Rock Trail when Trout Pond Trail goes left. Cross a stream on the right and look for a unique rock formation. Proceed left to cross stream at Dam sign when the campground is straight ahead, and watch for orange blaze. Pass two clearings on the left. Do not take stone steps. Process straight onto Rockcliff Lake Trail/Doris Agnew and continue counterclockwise around the lake. Cross two bridges to return to parking. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Trails

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 12.9 MB

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