Strickler Knob Trail and Massanutten Mountain Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Strickler Knob Trail and Massanutten Mountain Trail is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near New Market, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.8 miles
2,362 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

trail running







over grown



Some of the best vistas in the mid-Atlantic. Strickler Knob trail is a challenging rock hopping/scramble that has beautiful views of New Market Gap, the Luray Valley, and a 360 degree picture perfect panorama from the Strickler Knob summit. A nice hike with a great little rock scramble on the ridge. The rock scramble on the last 0.2 miles of the Strickler Knob trail is just as much fun as Old Rag and Duncan Knob, requiring several 12ft climbs over and between the cracks of the boulders. You can also shorten the hike by two miles and park at the Scothorn Gap trailhead on Crisman Hollow Rd/VA211. Note: The Strickler Knob trail is not a maintained or official trail, and is considered a bushwack. This hike is not suitable for young children or dogs.

2 months ago

This is a very challenging, rocky and steep trail. The views at Strickler Knob are beautiful and rewarding, but unless you are seeking a major fitness experience (which is great!), there are other routes that yield the same payoff. We skipped the return trip all the way on Massanutten in favor of an extra two miles on Crisman Rd — not because of the workout but because we encountered not one, but two!, rattlesnakes on the way. Be very careful and stay alert! These snakes were large, loud and angry — and right on the trail.

3 months ago

The views are fantastic and worth it! But as the other review mentioned, this hike is not a cake walk. The distance combined with the elevation change really challenged us. The worst part for me was the last incline close to the parking lot on the way back. By the time we got back to the car, it felt life life had been sucked out of me.

6 months ago

FOREWARNING: This is not what I would consider a "Moderate" trail. I am a seasoned hiker (Old Rag, Duncan Knob, Signal Knob, Ect. Trails that this app rates "Hard"). This trail sucks. In mainly good ways, but it sucks. One of the steepest climbs in this area. Duncan Knob is rated as "Hard" in this app so, just a heads up, the trail itself is WAY harder. I've had unseasoned people throw up on this thing (in all fairness, I've had unseasoned people throw up on old rag too). But really people don't take this trail lightly.

Having that said, it's one of the best hikes in Luray. Beautiful views!

4 months ago