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