High Knob Tower Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

High Knob Tower Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brandywine, West Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

hiking
11 days ago

A quick hike leads to an amazing 360 degree overlook from an old fire tower. The hike itself isn’t too interesting and gets quite steep in some spots. However, the payoff is definitely worth it. I’d highly recommend this for a sunset hike!

1 month ago

Good moderate trail. Was a bit cloudy but great views overlooking West VA

2 months ago

This is a great short trail. It is always my default for a spontaneous hike. Just enough of a climb on the way up and a rewarding view once you get to the tower.

2 months ago

Great day hike! Difficult enough to get your heart rate up, but easy enough for most folks to enjoy.

2 months ago

Great views from almost above the clouds. It’s a fun hike with lots of wildlife on the trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great moderate hike although it was made a tad bit more difficult hiking through the snow. The snow on the trail was packed down due to all the foot traffic which made it easier to trudge through then fresh snow but also made it slippery on the steeper parts. We were glad we brought our trekking poles as they helped tremendously on the steeper, slippery sections. The trail is very well marked in yellow the entire way up and easy to follow. Relatively easy a good deal of the way with some steeper areas especially the last half mile to the tower. The fire tower at summit more than makes up for the lack of a ton of sights most of the way up as the 360 views of Virginia and West Virginia peaks was incredible!!! You can go inside the tower and get out of the elements if needed. Great family hike and moderate is a good description

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome view of the wv snow covered mountains in the distance, nice little challenging trip up too.

5 months ago

Thia is the easy way to get to the high knob fire tower. Try going down to the Brandywine recreation area, and get on the high knob fire tower trail in the back of the campground. That is still the shortest, hardest hike Ive yet to find, with almost 0 switchbacks and a HUGE elevation gain in about a 5 mile hike.

...if you get tired at points you have to lean your back against a tree to keep from going backward..m

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic hike, and great views at the peak. Though, as many others have said: that last quarter/half mile is not easy in the least. Very high grade with a small amount of places to stop to catch one's breath.

Other than that, it's a fantastic trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail, awesome views. The last half mile kicked my buff though. It got pretty steep the closer we got to the tower.

hiking
10 months ago

Positives: In shade, well marked, great views.

Negatives: Road sounds, trail can be slippery.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Quick day hike. About 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles back. On the easier side of moderate; most of the hike is fairly mild. Wonderful summer hike, as almost all of it is in the shade. Great views of Skidmore Lake/Switzer Dam and George Washington National Forest from an old wooden fire tower. The hike itself doesn't have any views on the way up, but the trail is well maintained and is manageable to hike in less than an hour.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great trail

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great Hike

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great hike to high knob tower, very crowded that day!

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's only 1.25 mile. I overdrew the line on the map. Actual map is on GW National Forest website. Mostly easy path through woods, great views, some steep sections. View from historic Tower is amazing. Good public parking lot just into West Virginia. Map at trailhead. Good markings and direction signs.

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5 months ago

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Saturday, June 18, 2016