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Hike 46: Signal Knob in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest


This steep, very rocky climb leads to a ridge that both Union and Confederate soldiers used as a lookout, during the Civil War. This out and back hike features gorgeous views of Strasburg, Shenandoah Valley, Buzzard Rock, and Fort Valley. Parking for 40+ cars is available at the Signal Knob Trailhead off Fort Valley Road (VA-678). Find more information about the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest at: The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route (8.8 miles, 2500' ascent). Look for orange-blazed Massanutten Trail on the right as you enter the parking lot. Continue, stopping to enjoy Buzzard Rock Overlook and Fort Valley Overlook. Pass Meneka Peak Trail on the left and a communication tower on the right. Take a right to/from Signal Knob Overlook, and return to Massanutten Trail. Turn left to retrace steps back 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: 14.7 MB

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