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George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob and Meneka Peak! A Stren 10.6 Mi

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George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob & Meneka Peak with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Strenuous 10.6 Miles

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

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George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob, Meneka Peak, Buzzard Rock Overlook, and Fort Valley Overlook! A Strenuous 10.6 Mile Hike

This hike, with its many impressive vistas, is one the best to see in Northern Virginia. The terrain is very rocky in places, and there are some serious hills! Located on Massanutten Mountain, it is situated only 8 miles west of Front Royal. Our route is only about a 1.5 hours drive from the Metro Washington area, making it a gem of a hike that is not too far and WELL worth the drive.

Signal knob is one of the most popular circuit hikes on the Massanutten. Most often, the hike plans used for this trek is a route using the Massanutten Trail and Tuscarora Trail west of the Knob to complete a circuit. However, today's route is unique due to the inclusion of beautiful Meneka Peak highlighting our circuit and also an out and back trek to Signal Knob. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers this version of Signal Knob in addition to the more traditional Signal Knob circuit. We offer this addition version so we can enjoy the frequently overlooked and very scenic Meneka Peak trail. While this particular route is just a tad bit longer (~0.2 miles), it has less climbing than the more conventional route. Best of all, today's version avoids the need of hiking along the road leading to the TV tower. The most challenging portion of this modified circuit is from the Massanutten Trail up to Signal Knob.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Front Royal
Length: 10.6 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Season: This hike is simply great year 'round! The views are enjoyable in the winter due to crisp, clear 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 can expect to see this hike posted year 'round!
Elevation: 2,680 ft with two different ascents
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest, Massanutten Hiking

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
Click Here ( for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here ( to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

RSVP and Etiquette Policies
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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 unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and 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 any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.

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 — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:30 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:30 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette ( Leave No Trace ( principles. Our hikes are led

by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from 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 MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission ( Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, ( and Donations ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked] (

🐕 Fido Must be Pre-Approved BEFORE Attending This Hike. Our Hikes Route is much Tougher on Paws than Most trails. Contact the leader to discuss the route and your dog's experience to determine if this is a good hike for your dog at this time.

Let’s have good times out on the trails and enjoy the hike!


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