Signal Knob/ Richardson Knob Trail orange

Shenandoah County, Virginia 22660

Elevation Gain1,491ft
Trailhead Elevation764ft
Elevation Min/Max757/2207ft
Elevation Start/End764/764ft

Signal Knob/ Richardson Knob Trail orange

Signal Knob/ Richardson Knob Trail (orange) is a hiking trail in Shenandoah County, Virginia. It is within George Washington National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 764 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,491 feet. The Bear Wallow-Signal Knob Parking Lot, Bear Wallow Signal Knob Parking, and Bear Wallow-Signal Knob Parking Lot parkings are near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Tuscarora Trail (blue), Signal Knob Trail (orange) and Meneka Peak Trail (white).

Signal Knob/ Richardson Knob Trail (orange) Professional Reviews and Guides

"You’ll feel much farther away from Washington, DC, much farther
than 90 minutes, as you climb for stunning views from Signal Knob."

"This ride is extremely technical and also pretty hard. Expect to portage your bike across a number of clifftop boulder fields. The fabulous views and exceptional trail riding in between make it all very worthwhile. Highlights: Boulder fields, clifftop views, portaging, fun single track"

Signal Knob/ Richardson Knob Trail (orange) Reviews

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Beautiful overlooks, lots of campsites. Relaxing to the experienced, challenging to the unexperienced.
This is one of my favorite trails as it offers up several types of terrain and has stunning views all season long. During our trip the leaves had for the most part already fallen. Some maintenance had been done recently to the Massanutten side of the trail, but the Tuscarora trail still had several fallen trees over the trail. Other than that, the trail is rocky as always and one of the best in Northern Virginia.
this is a very hard trail if you climb counter-clockwise (pink trail) from the rear of the parking lot. recommended for very fit climbers able to negotiate difficult rock gardens and steep intermittent grades; there are few opportunities to rest prior to reaching the ridgeline (blue trail). this climb also beats the cr-p out of your bike on the clockwise descent. ps an excellent primer for the sm100 if you are looking for a solid 4 hour workout.

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Trail Information

Shenandoah County
Nearby City
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Lee Ranger District (; 540-984-4101)
Local Contacts
Map G: Trails in the Massanutten Mountain—North Half, Signal Knob to New Market Gap (PATC)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018