One of the tallest peaks in Virginia, Reddish Knob stands at 4,397 feet amid the George Washington National Forest. Most travelers in Harrisonburg are interested in visiting this site to experience the unparalleled 360-degree views from the summit. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, or just looking to take the Reddish Knob drive, you’ll be amazed by this part of the Shenandoah Valley.
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Everything You Need to Know About Reddish Knob
Getting to the Summit
Depending on the type of outdoor adventure you prefer, you can reach the top of Reddish Knob several ways. This route is a prominent mountain biking course with a paved road leading directly to the summit. The climb to the top is very steep, so inexperienced bikers may not possess the skills to handle the physical exertion of this 11-mile ride. While it is possible to ride directly to the top of Reddish Knob, there are several other trails and loops nearby that you can test out, including California Ridge, Timber Ridge, and Hone Quarry.
Driving is the number one way people reach the top of this beloved mountain because the hike is long and can be strenuous. Follow the road to the top where you’ll discover a paved parking lot and an old lookout tower. From here, you’ll have a breathtaking view of neighboring West Virginia and the surrounding mountains.
Those who choose to hike need to prepare for a long, difficult climb. The trek to the top is just over nine miles, but you’ll have the unique experience of crossing the border into West Virginia just before re-entered Virginia at the summit. Check out this trail map
before planning your hike.
Best Time to Visit Reddish Knob
Spring is a favorite time to visit this natural wonder as the weather is usually ideal and the vegetation has sprung back to life. However, autumn in another excellent time to make the trek. During this season, you can witness some truly amazing Virginia fall foliage. Though summer can be hot, it’s still a good time to visit Reddish Knob as well.
If you don’t mind waking up before the sun, watching a Reddish Knob sunrise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Many people also head to Reddish Knob for sunset. Pack a picnic and enjoy your meal from more than 4,000 feet in the air as you watch the crimson sun dip below the horizon.
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