Strickler Knob Trail

HARD 20 reviews

Strickler Knob Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Luray, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

5.3 miles
1,020 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers






no dogs

9 days ago

Hiked today. I actually missed it first time - kept going on orange blazed trail, and had to come back. Loring S. review down there is the most useful as far as direction goes. Except - there is no pile of rocks any longer indicating where you turn right on purple trail. Anyway, start with yellow blazers trail, then follow trail with orange blazes. If you keep follow orange blazed trail and it descending to overgrown trail down - you have missed the right turn to purple blazed trail to Strickler Knob. Come back. Purple trail is not that hard, just take it slow, find your footing, look for purple blazers on stones (I wish they repainted, and put more of those).

18 days ago

The view from the trail is amazing, but be aware that this trail is not rated difficult because it's steep, it's all rocks. At some points you will be jumping over gaps in rocks where the ground is at least 10 feet below. Also the trail is very confusing since there is no actual trail to follow, just a bunch of rocks and trees and a few trail markers. It's pretty dangerous, so be very careful. I ended up falling, getting cut up and bruised pretty badly and getting lost trying to get to a point where i could climb back up and find the trail. If you want to go here, do NOT go alone.

3 months ago

Good hike on a fall afternoon. We started further south on Christman Hollow Road in order to add a few miles to this hike and come up the creek. In retrospect, that did not add too much enjoyment as the drop down from the ridge to the creek/river is extremely steep and was rough sledding with all the leaves down. The last mile of the hike to the view is really enjoyable and the view to the south is impressive. Lots of friendly birds at the top. As the view is south to southwest, time your arrival to arrive earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid the sun directly in your face as you take photos.

6 months ago

awesome hike with great views, it earns its 'hard' rating at the top

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7 months ago

Great hike. Variety of terrain but short enough for anyone in decent shape. Definitely would advise against if it’s raining. Difficult to spot the hard right at the top of the mountain so use some common sense and if you reach an apex and start heading downhill, turnaround.

8 months ago

Incredible hike with incredible views. It was worth the long drive for us to get there. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.

9 months ago

This hike is well worth the view at the top. It is an uphill climb all the way, some parts steeper than others, but the trail was well maintained and easy to follow. A few areas were a bit muddy, most likely from past rains. It gets rocky the closer you get towards the peak so be prepared to maneuver rocks and climb a bit: because of this I would not recommend bringing dogs. The phenomenal view at the top makes the steeper parts of the trail worth it. Tracked my hike right at 5.5 miles, taking up two and a half hours: not including the time spent hanging out at the top.

Monday, July 10, 2017

We really enjoyed this hike. AllTrails thinks you've arrived at the Trailhead to this hike about a half mile too early, so keep driving and you'll come to the Trailhead on your right. There's room for maybe 4 cars to park here, but this hike doesn't strike me as one that is ever crowded. The first mile is steady and steep uphill, while the next mile is pretty flat and rocky, including a grassy meadow. Someone mentioned the burnt section of forest, which you encounter on the initial uphill; it really was a unique portion of the trail, at least for us. For the last roughly 2/3 to 3/4 of a mile, you will take the purple blazed trail (the orange blazed trail continues to your left, you will go right onto the purple blazed trail). This section of trail is very very rocky and requires some minor rock scrambling at the end when you're closing in on what I assume to be Strickler Knob itself. The views at the top are great, 360 degree views. The flies were pretty bad at the top, however, and there was no breeze to speak of. I imagine in cooler months, that the bugs would be minimal/non-existent, and you won't be swatting at them constantly like we were. All in all, this was a great hike, and one we would like to do again come fall time.

Monday, April 03, 2017

definitely a uphill all the way to the top nice little pond right before the intersection then the rocks scrambles to the end...differently suggest leave the dogs home (loved th view)......

Monday, January 16, 2017

Probably one of my favorite day-hiking trails. It has a good length and there is a lot of rock scrambles and climbing which makes it even more fun. It is somewhat challenging but at the end of the Trail, there is a gorgeous view of the Page Valley.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This was a fun hike with varied terrain. The area that had been cleared by a forest fire was interesting to see. There's a highland meadow you walk through, as well as more forested areas, and a lot of rock hopping. In general, it's a very rocky trail, so wear solid footwear with good ankle support; it would be very easy to twist an ankle on this terrain.

There is what I would classify as a very minor "rock scramble," and some very interesting rock formations. There are also some really nice surprise pullouts on the trail, including some excellent camp sites with great views of the Valley. Ultimately, once you climb to the top of the rocks at the end of the trail, you get excellent 360 degree views.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice hike. Gnats & ticks are pretty bad. Large sections of the trail were muddy, probably from the high water table from all the rain over the last month. However, most appear to be spring fed and may be wet year round.

Follow pink blazes to Strickler Knob and white blazes to Duncan Knob. Both locations are awesome with great rock scrambles and views. The trails are very dog friendly but definitely not the knobs. I had to tie my dog to a tree while we did the scrambles at the knobs.

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