Hiking Reddish Knob

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.


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 neighbouring West Virginia and the surrounding mountains.

Those who choose to hike should 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 while planning your hike.

Best Time to Visit Reddish Knob

Spring is a favorite time to visit this natural wonder as the weather is 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.

For Reddish Knob directions from Harrisonburg, click here.

To learn about even more great hikes and outdoor activities in the area, request our complimentary Shenandoah Valley Vacation Guide! When you use this handy planner to research for your trip, you’ll get local insight on the best places to eat, drink, and explore.

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