Harrisonburg is surrounded in stunning natural beauty that will leave you staring in awe even on ground level. If you want to experience even more enchanting views of the region, a trek up Signal Knob is in order! This 10-mile hike can be a bit strenuous, but once you reach the outlook points, there will be no doubt that the journey was worth it. Here are just a few of the jaw-dropping sights you will encounter during your Signal Knob hike.
A Brief History of Signal Knob
Signal Knob was named during the Civil War, as both Confederate and Union soldiers used the 2,106 ft. elevation as an outlook point. From 1862 to 1864, Confederate Signal Corps controlled the outlook until Union troops took control of the peak.
The Best Signal Knob Outlook Points
Buzzard Rock Overlook
This will be the first outlook you reach during the trek, only 1 ½ miles in. Have your camera ready for incredible photo opportunities!
Fort Valley Vista
This view comes shortly after your encounter with Buzzard Rock Overlook. It comes with awe-inspiring mountain scenery and is especially beautiful in the fall.
This is the grand finale you’ve been working for during your ascent! From the top of Signal Knob, you’ll enjoy views of the Shenandoah Valley and Strasburg. This is the perfect place to stop for a rest, feast on a packed lunch, or take group pictures.
Check Out These Strasburg Activities
Once you have descended from your hike, head into the town of Strasburg for these nearby activities:
Strasburg’s history dates all the way back to the 1730s, before America was even considered a nation. At the Strasburg Museum, you’ll discover amazing historical artifacts dating back to the 16th century. Gaze upon Civil War articles, Native American artifacts, historic photographs, and an old country store display. It’s a great way to experience what life was like in Virginia many years ago.
Woodbine Farm Market
If your hike up Signal Knob worked up an appetite, this is the stop for you! The Woodbine Farm has been maintained by the same family for over 100 years. In 1998, the farm was designated as a “Century Farm” by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the market was added in 2006. You can shop for fresh farm grown fruits, homemade jellies, apple butter, cheeses, baskets, and more!
Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park
History buffs will love this attraction! Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park is the centerpiece of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and tells the story of the 1864 Valley Campaign. You’ll find outdoor walking trails that wind through preserved earthworks that recall the events during the Federal Troops’ occupation. There is also a museum that boasts artifacts from the time of war and a fully stocked gift shop.
Well-Deserved Relaxation at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages
Located in Harrisonburg, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages is the perfect destination for your Shenandoah Valley getaway. Our historic inn offers both a romantic atmosphere, paired with modern amenities that keep our guests coming back again and again. Stay in our romantic Luxury Cottages, Manor House Suites, or Spring Water Cottage Suites and indulge in a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning. Download our free Shenandoah Valley vacation guide, and call us today (540) 801-0430 to book your next getaway at By the Side of the Road.