Hiking The Signal Knob Loop

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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Southwest of Front Royal in the George Washington National Forest, the Signal Knob Loop is a steep 10 mile hiking route leading to a civil war outpost. The loop is composed of four trails: Signal Knob Trail (yellow blaze), Massanutten Mountain West Trail (orange blaze), Bear Wallow Trail (blue Blaze), and the Bear Wallow Spur Trail (white blaze). The trailhead is at the Bear Wallow/Signal Knob parking lot on SR 678 approximately 1 mile north of the Elizabeth Furnace Picnic Area.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Front Royal, head west on SR55 towards Strasburg. Turn left heading south on SR678 (Fort Valley Road) for about 3.5 miles. The trailhead parking area is on the right (west) side of the road.

Overall, Signal Knob Loop is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Signal Knob Loop including Three Ridges, Allegheny Trail, North Mountain Trail, Dry Run Trail, Shenandoah Mountain Trail and Wolf Ridge TrailFore Mountain Trail.


Local Contact(s):  George Washington National Forest (540) 265-5100; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

GPS:  38.93505, -78.32018

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  14670


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