Strenuous 10.5 Mile Hike in George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob!

  • January 20, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob! A Strenuous 10.5 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!

Hike Pace

This hike will lead a moderate pace of about 2.5mph

Note: Hike leaders reserve the right to turn hikers away at the trailhead if they come unprepared (flip flops, no water, not appropriately prepared for the elements, etc.) If you have any questions regarding anything related to this hike, the hike leaders number is posted below and we are all here to help so that everyone can have a comfortable and safe trip. We are always happy to help you make an informed decision but it is up to you to call or we cannot help you.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Front Royal
Length: 10.5 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

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Carpool Information
There are 2 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

Meetup Time for Hike is at 9:30 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 7:10 a.m.

Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 8:10 a.m.

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!



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  • Sarita K

    This was my first hike in GWNF and I LOVED it. Not only was it a nice trail, it was good to see my friends and I made lots of new friends too! Thank you Steve and Brian! I had a blast!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Irene

    Awesome hike, thanks guys Steve and Brian for leading! and what a beautiful day it was too. great to see everyone.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Tom

    Great hike, weather, company, and leadership!

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Chris K.

    Thanks to Steve and Brian for leading; a beautiful day and a nice hike.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Stuart T.

    Another great hike with great people and great views. Thanks Steve for leading!

    2 · January 20, 2013

  • David C.

    Thanks Steve and Brian for leading the hike. Lots of fun and great group of strong hikers.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • kimmie

    I interest in carpool from Centreville P&R, will be happy to contribute on gas. Thank you.

    January 18, 2013

    • kimmie

      Chris,thanks again for your offer, I need to drop out the hike as I need to be at work half day today . I will see you for the next hike.

      2 · January 20, 2013

    • Chris K.


      January 20, 2013

  • Anthony

    Anyone willing to welcome me as a passenger? I''d glady help with gas.

    January 16, 2013

    • Anthony

      Chris offered a ride from Centreville. I appreciate the initial welcome. See you on the trail.

      January 19, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Yup I saw, glad it worked out. See you there.

      January 19, 2013

  • Christine

    Hey folks, my +1 and I are going straight to the trailhead - see you all there! Looking forward to a great day!

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Would anyone want to carpool from Rockville or NW DC Metro area?

    January 12, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Bummer Tara, thanks for letting everyone know though. Well the great thing is there's always more hikes for when its healed up.

      January 19, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Cool see you there Devon

      January 19, 2013

  • Sameer

    I am driving from Alexandria area, let me know if anybody need car pool

    January 19, 2013

  • zahra m.

    how we can get approval can i have a phone # of the gorp lieder have tans questions

    January 18, 2013

  • Kellie C.

    How to Move from the Waitlist to a “Yes” - If you are on the wait list, you will get an e-mail as slots become available. It is a “first come first serve” system for available slots. Slots are open to everyone, whether on the wait list or not. However, being on the wait list will make certain that you are notified when open slots become available as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the trails (and parking) can accommodate it and still comply with our Leave No Trace pledge. Click the following link for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”, Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

    January 12, 2013

    • zahra m.

      how can i find gorps in my age am 67 years young

      January 18, 2013

  • Bruce

    I am in NW DC and would be happy to share a ride, but I am still on the waiting list. Fingers crossed....

    January 12, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Alright Bruce let me know if you nab a spot as it opens.

      January 12, 2013

    • Bruce

      will do.

      January 13, 2013

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