George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob! A Strenuous 10.7 Mile Hike
"Certainly this hike was one of a kind. spectacular! Magnificent! Breathtaking!" - Feng, A Member of The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group
This is a wonderful hike with awesome vistas and about the best we have yet to see in Northern Virginia. The terrain is very rocky in places and there are some serious hills earning it a strenuous rating.
The trail is situated only 8 miles west of Front Royal and it only takes approximately 1.5 hour to get there from the Metro Washington area, making it a gem of a hike and not too far and WELL worth the drive. If you carpool, the time will fly and you will make new friends along the way!
This hike will lead a moderate pace of about 2.5mph
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Front Royal
Length: 10.7 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: This hike is simply great year 'round! The views are enjoyable in the winter due to clear crisp views from the vistas, while the spring and summer wildflowers and mountain laurel are simply gorgeous! Then, in late summer there are tons of berries, so you will see this posted year 'round!
Elevation: 2,680 ft with two different ascents
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain, snow, or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
There are 2 suggested carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meet at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any locations such as the DC area, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike
Meet, Greet, and Sign-In: 9:45-10:00 a.m.
Hike Step Off Time: 10:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage Station is 7:45 a.m.
Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 8:45 a.m
Holiday Hike Note
Please note that our holiday and holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the hike at the last minute before the refund cut-off. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday in vain...or we will be all become burned enough that we will no longer offer them. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance. Thanks so much for your understanding and I look forward to seeing you out on the trail soon.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike only with prior approval from the Hike Leader.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!