Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in George Washington National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It is a pretty gentle climb, be ready for water crossings. After several inches of rain the night before the crossings we're all still manageable.

Great hike! Very rocky and steep inclines. Lots of wildlife including deer, squirrel, toads, newts, corn snakes, and even a box turtle!! Signal Knob's view is amazing too as well as the TV tower up top Mt Massanutten.

horseback riding
13 days ago

Beautiful trail! love going up by the reservoir, and all the creek crossings♡

Great trail. Lots of rocks, but they make for great unintentional walking squats.

80% rocky but great views and a great workout . went counter clockwise , saw many nice and recently used primitive campsites but there is a sign in the parking lot stating no camping so I am confused but worth while trail nonetheless

Two amazing views, a mostly uphill experience.. Spent 8 hours on the whole trail including time for pictures.

We camped at the campsite and enjoyed this hike the climb up was a challenge in a good way. There was a few trees on the trail but nothing that hindered the experience. I will say the trail markings are all the same color and it appears to be off shoots of the main trail, we didn’t go down any of them but could be very confusing.

hiking
1 month ago

While we had fun on this hike, the terrain varied like our emotions on the hike. The actual trail begins at the trail head of Boone’s Run which lead to some confusion. The trail is hard terrain and requires boots as it has insane changes in elevation, but amazing views and water scenery. There is no parking except on the street or by a shooting range.

walking
1 month ago

Nice hike. It is a well maintained trail. Fair amount of horse droppings along the lower trail. Even after reading the previous reviews, I missed the turn down from the upper trail. The turn is marked with white survey tape on a branch and the trail markers Change from orange to yellow. I recommend using the apps gps function for this transition. Enjoy the views.

hiking
2 months ago

Good day hike, and with most of the views facing north around the mid-way point, you can start this clockwise or counterclockwise in the morning and your photos will still mainly have the sun to your back. I did not give this five stars as the firebreak road can get a bit boring and other than the outcropping on signal knob, there are not that many views and. because signal knob is so far north in the ridge line, most of the views are just a flat populated valley.

best app for all the trails, deff the best I have had, good job!!!

hiking
2 months ago

A difficult trail due to the rocky terrain. However, the views of the valley offer a great reward. One of my local favs.

Very rocky trail... great workout.

very rocky, but worth the hike to the top. Great views, have done this hike 5 times and still look forward to doing it again.

hiking
4 months ago

Cold day (17F) with a light layer of snow. Well kept trail with worthwhile view at the top. Nice way to end 2017.

5 months ago

Great trail with good elevation change. The late fall views are amazing. Make sure to have enough water and sturdy footwear.

hiking
6 months ago

You'd never know somebody could be so happy finding a trail. About a year ago this time last year, I entered the Kaylor's Knob (or Ridge) Trail at the Massanutten overlook in the afternoon for what I thought would be an out and back short run, having never been on the trail before. Well it was a little late in the afternoon and all I had on were my running shorts and a tee shirt. Somehow I missed the "end" of Kaylor's Knob and never turned around. I thought I was doing a big circle, but little did I know I was just going farther and farther north into the woods. It finally got too dark for me to see safely, so I sat on the little path, (prayed a little that it wouldn't rain) and spent the night shivering in the woods. Why didn't I call someone? - I was "that guy" in this case - no phone on me! as I thought I would be back at the overlook in no time. At 6:23 a.m. the next morning (I remember the time precisely) I started off again. It was only about 25 minutes later I came across some overnight campers that were camping not too far from the path entrance off of Airey Lane. The park rangers who picked me up said they help find about one hiker a month, but I was the farthest from where I had entered from anybody in a long long time! So anyhow, I've been searching for this path (I'm not from the area) a couple times I've been back and yesterday I finally found it! I had never asked the park rangers where it was they picked me up - I just kept searching the maps and I knew it was a long way from Massanutten . I would do it all over again - but next time will be much more prepared. Thanks for reading - I loved the path btw. I'm not sure what the section after Kaylor's Knob is called heading towards Fridley Gap, I think it called Second Mountian Trail , but there were some pretty knarly paths and dangerous slopes and rock formations. If you get a chance and are in up for it - go for it!

camping
6 months ago

Hiked up camped I opted to included Signal knob in the trip. it was fun. Weather was great.

camping
6 months ago

Hiked up Friday afternoon camped on Meneka Peak. Then hiked to Signal Knob and back down Saturday.

camping
6 months ago

I put five stars for excitement. I had hiked the entire trail several times, but never camped overnight. This time my soul mate and I decided to try it. We hiked in counterclockwise and set up our tent and hung our bear bag. We then hiked up to Buzzard Outlook for a nice afternoon jaunt. We got back to camp and had dinner. We went to bed quite early, as we had a busy week. We planned to head to the top of Signal Knob in the morning. About an hour after we got into our tent, the sound of heavy footsteps woke us up. Our ursine friend poked around our camp for about twenty minutes, circling our tent and sniffing it. It bounded off, obviously spooked by something (perhaps our halted breathing or our racing hearts). We got up to examine any damage and found a couple of toothmarks in a water bottle and in our hanging water filter. We went back to sleep after our heart rates lowered substantially. We were awakened several hours later (presumably by the same bear) and were “entertained” by its roaming around our tent again. It wandered off after this second foray after twenty minutes. We got up (we didn’t get much sleep) about 7 and packed. We’ll hike the rest of the trail some other time.

trail running
7 months ago

Just ran this (October 2017) and want to give a fair warning to others: it is tough. Ran counterclockwise, like others recommended, and had several (10+) near-misses for ankle sprains and hyperextended knees primarily because the trail is very rocky and the footing uneven.

I brought 64oz water and kicked it about two miles before getting back to the parking lot. Overall, this is a really fun and challenging trail to run. Very lightly traveled and the view from the top is great.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. The first two miles to the peak is a moderate hike, the last .5miles is moderate to difficult and very rocky.

It was a nasty day but we could imagine it would have pretty views. It was extremely peaceful

hiking
8 months ago

Completed this 9 mile loop clockwise in 4 hours, beginning from the lower parking lot. Both trails (yellow and orange) were marked clearly. As to the confusing spur trail below Kennedy Peak some have complained about, it had been blocked off with rocks and branches. One complaint I had was the constant presence of mosquitoes even in late September.

Pretty overgrown and we were really hoping for some picturesque views which we didn't find. Seemed like there were lots of paths nearby though so next time we would explore those.

hiking
8 months ago

I liked the trail quite a bit. For a person in his 60s whose knees are not what they used to be, it's still a great walk. Just have some sticks ready to help with balance if you're as flat footed as I am. We saw two people in two hours so I'd say that's pretty light traffic.

Nice trail - it's long but a lot of it's pretty flat. I did it as an overnight. There are plenty of well maintained campsites along the way. I'm not a big fan of ending a hike with a 3-4 mile stretch down a road so if I were to do this again I'd park at the head of the yellow trail (Stoney Creek) and head back to the little schloss (purple) trailhead. That way you do the big stretch of gravel road at the start.

Good elevation gain. Feel like you're really working out in a pretty environment! Not the best for little children.. Maybe for a mile or so.

Pretty easy stroll with a beautiful view at the top. Just a little tip- there's a switchback that is easy to miss and go the wrong way around the peak.

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