High Knob Lakeshore Loop (Forest Trail #401A)

Area Status: Open

The High Knob Lakeshore Loop is an easy, one mile loop near High Knob Recreation Area that circles High Knob Lake. This trail along the lake is a great fishing and wildlife and nature viewing spot. It connects to the Chief Benge Scout Trail.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle Riding

At a Glance

Fees: $5 per vehicle up to 8 passenger capacity, and $1 per person for buses and large vans carrying more than 8 passengers and walk-ins.
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: When recreating on Forest Service Lands, follow the Forest Rules for Visitors and Forest Supervisor’s Orders
Motorized use, including e-bikes, is prohibited. This trail is open to hiking and biking. 

All visitors should follow Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace guidelines.   
Closest Towns: Norton, VA - Wise County
Water: Drinking water seasonally available in the recreation area.
Restroom: Flush Toilet at High Knob Recreation Area seasonally available
Operated By: Clinch Ranger District: (276) 679-8370
Information Center: For more information contact: Clinch Ranger District 1700 Park Avenue SW, Norton, VA 24273. 276-679-8370 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30 Current weather conditions for Norton, VA: www.weather.gov

General Information


From Norton, VA:  Follow SR 619 for 3.8 miles.  Turn left onto FR 238 and continue for 1.5 miles.  Turn right onto FR 233 and follow it for 1.0 miles to the parking area at High Knob Recreation Area.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  1.00 miles
  • Blazes:  Yellow
  • Trail Difficulty:  Easy
  • Connecting Trails:  Chief Benge Scout Trail (Forest Trail #401)
  • Elevation:  2280 to 4223 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.
  • Trail Map:It is recommended that all trail users always carry a reliable map. This trail is shown on the Interactive Visitor Map and the National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #793.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

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  Area/Length : 
1.00 miles

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  Elevation : 
2280 - 4223 feet