High Knob (Forest Trail #1021)

Area Status: Open

Provides access to the High Knob Fire Tower; one of the most outstanding viewing spots on the George Washington National Forest.  Portions of this trail are very steep.  Please be respectful of private landowner property at the top of the trail.

Trail Open To:

Trail Hiking

At a Glance

Fees: No fee
Open Season: Open year round
Closest Towns: Brandywine,WV - PENDLETON COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: North River Ranger District: (540) 432 - 0187
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #791.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information


From Harrisonburg, VA: Travel on SR 33 for approximately 20 miles to the top of the Shenandoah Mountain. Park at the gate on the left. Hike approximately one mile on FT #1024 – Shenandoah Mountain Trail North, until you reach the High Knob Trail on your right.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  2.74 miles
  • Blazes:  Yellow
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails: FT #1024 – Shenandoah Mountain Trail North
  • Elevation:  1970 - 3820 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

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  Area/Length : 
2.74 miles

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  Elevation : 
1970 - 3820 feet