George Washington National Forest (Lee Ranger District): Bird Knob Area Vistas with Optional Post Hike Meal! A Moderate to Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 8 Miles on Massanutten Mountain
This spectacular hike begins with a long climb up to the rocky crest of Massanutten Mountain to enjoy some magnificent views of the valley to the West. Then, the trail levels off to a pleasant and more moderate trek through the woods. After exploring the crest, we descend back to where the hike began start.
Along the way, note horizontally layered rock formations, ledges with fine views to West Virginia ridges, and possibilities for short side trips into clearings to observe birds and other fauna. A particularly attractive clearing is near the southern end of the route, close to Bird Knob after passing the turnoff to a TV relay station, the trail zigzags westward to an open field. The feild is often abundant with wildlife!
Transition Hike (Moderate to Strenuous)
This is a fabulous hike for transitioning from moderate to strenuous hiking because there is a rather steep hill to climb in the beginning of this hike and then it is mostly flat and moderate the rest of the way. In turn for that initial investment, your reward will be 2 fantastic and breathtaking vistas!
Swimmin’ Hole Alert! (Seaonal)
A sparkling, emerald colored pond offers an excellent and beautiful place to enjoy a dip during the hotter months! Additionally, in season (usually late August) there are tons of blackberries and blueberries along our route.
Nearest City: Edinburg, VA
Distance: ~8.3 miles
Total Ascents: 1700 ft.
Difficulty: Easy-Side-of-Strenuous Because of a Difficult Hill Near the Beginning of the Hike, otherwise this is a moderate hike.
Hike Type: Loop
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest-Lee Ranger District
There is no park fee for this hike.
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This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.7 mph.
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or to a particular hike or venues location. Please Use the Comments section below this posting or e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Post-Hike Meal and Winery Trip (Optional)
After the hike, let's keep the camaraderie and good times going and enjoy a post-hike meal at either Carmella’s Cafe, located on the route back to the DC area, OR visit the oldest winery in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah Vineyards.
Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 6:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 6:45 a.m.
MAHG is a charitable organization that values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charity, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, the many health benefits of hiking, and unplugging from the stress of day to day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike as Long As He/She is a Well-Seasoned and Conditioned Trail Dog Because This Trail is Tough on Paws!A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!
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