ElevationAscent: 2,098' 639 m
Descent: -2,136' -651 m
High: 2,285' 696 m
Low: 772' 235 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Signal Knob gets its name as both Confederate and Union troops used it as a lookout during the Civil War.”— Joe Danz
Arrive at the Buzzard Rock Overlook. The trail will take a hairpin turn back to the south and becomes significantly more rocky. In 0.9 miles from the Buzzard Rock Overlook, the trail turns back to the north passing another nice vista of Fort Valley. Continue to follow the orange-blazed trail as it becomes less steep, then passes several nice camp spots just before arriving at the intersection of the Meneka Peak Trail.
Pass the Meneka Peak Trail on the left, continuing on the orange blazed Massanutten Trail as it winds around the ridge to your right and passing a transmission tower in another 0.8 miles.
Arrive at the Signal Knob lookout area. The lookout has some nice views north of the Shenandoah Valley and Strausburg VA. The Massanutten Trail continues as a orange-blazed gravel road now descending the mountain to the intersection of the blue blazed Tuscarora Trail the crosses the road.
Turn left on the blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail crossing Little Passage Creek, then ascend Green Mountain/Meneka Peak where you arrive at the ridge line, and white blazed Meneka Peak Trail.
Cross over the ridge and proceed downhill remaining on the blue blazed trail as it winds back and forth through the Bear Wallow area.
Pass the pink-blazed Sidewinder Trail on your right
Pass a white-blazed connector trail for Elizabeth Furnace. Continue straight on the blue blazed Tuscarora Trail as it winds around the mountain then arrives at a flatter area close to the valley, and an intersection where the blue blazed trail turns right downhill towards Fort Valley Rd./VA678
Continue straight on the orange-blazed Massanutten Trail (this section was formerly the the Tuscarora Spur Trail and was reblazed in 2002) as it descends slightly, then parallels Fort Valley Rd./VA678.
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