Signal Knob Loop Horseback Riding

The 8th most popular equestrian 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 horseback riding 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 horseback riding 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 8th most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Signal Knob Loop including Cumberland Mountain Trail, Shenandoah Mountain Horse Trail System, Allegheny Trail, North Mountain, Dry Run Trail and Wild Oak TrailGlenwood Horse Trail.


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

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  38.93505, -78.32018

Date Published:  3/16/2016

Date Updated:  7/14/2016

ID:  14672


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