Hike Through History…
Signal Knob Interpretive Hike
Saturday, October 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Confederate officers used Signal Knob as an observation point to plan their surprise attack on unsuspecting Union troops during the Battle of Cedar Creek in October of 1864. Thus the mountain became an iconic feature of the battlefield landscape.
DESCRIPTION: Hike at your own pace and join a National Park Service Ranger at the top of Signal Knob to see the expansive Shenandoah Valley landscape and learn about the significance of the mountain during the Civil War and its role in the Battle of Cedar Creek.
TIME: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
LOCATION: Hikers have the choice of two hiking routes to reach Signal Knob:
Hiking Distance: Approximately 11.5 miles round trip
Safety: This hike is considered strenuous and is steep and rocky. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress for the elements, and bring plenty of food and water.
Directions to the Signal Knob Trailhead: From Strasburg or Front Royal, travel on State Highway 55 to Waterlick, Virginia. From Waterlick, take State Highway 678 south.
Hiking Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles round trip.
Safety: This hike is considered moderate, but with a fairly steep incline the last 0.5 mile to the top. While it is much less strenuous than the Signal Knob Trail, hikers should still wear proper footgear, dress for the elements and bring plenty of food and water.
Directions to the Service Road: From Strasburg (intersection of King Street and Massanuten Street) take State Road 55 East.
For further details for questions, please call (540) 869-3051.
Last updated: October 2, 2019