Massanutten Mtn / Fort Valley

Massanutten Mountain,
                              Fort Valley,
                                          Elizabeth Furnace

    Hiking & Fishing in George Washington National Forest

Here are a few suggestions:

Buzzard Rocks Trail
From Cabins:  go back down the mountain and take Rte 55W for 1 mile, turn right at the frst light onto Apple Mountain Rd and then left onto Rte 66W, take next exit onto Rte 522S, then right on Rte 55W again…
From Front Royal:  head North out of town on Front Royal Ave (Rte 55N), cross over both Shenandoah River branches & take first left on Rte 55W…
Take Rte 55 west out of Riverton/Front Royal several miles, turn left onto Fort Valley Rd for a mile or so, turn left onto Mountain Rd (follow sign for Fish Hatchery), go several miles to parking area on the right.
Here are a couple links to map and trail information:
    Buzzard Rocks Hike
    Buzzard Rocks Hike

Signal Knob Trail
This trail takes you up to Signal Knob with great views of the valley north toward Winchester and Strasburg. The online materials here: http://www.hikingupward.com/gwnf/SignalKnob/ are for the steep approach though it one takes their time, it is doable. I prefer the entrance from Powell’s Fort camp. While the following link is for the Little Passage Creek trail, the directions will get you to the Powell’s Fort parking lot and has directions to the Signal Knob trail. As I shared last night, this is a much more gradual change in elevation that the above link. http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/LittlePassageCreek/

Kennedy Peak Trail
This trail is a delight and the website gives you everything you need, including inspirational photographs of the views at the top, directions to the trailhead parking lot, etc…plus, when you’re finished, you can hop in the car and have a nice meal at the Mimslyn, either the grand dining room, if open, or the Speak Easy downstairs, which often has live entertainment: http://virginiatrailguide.com/2009/05/11/kennedy-peak/

Massanutten Mountain trail
Any roads that cross Massanutten Mountain west, will cross the Massanutten Mountain west trail that mostly runs along the mountain ridge top. For example, if you go up Woodstock Tower road to the top, the parking areas will give you access to Massanutten Mountain trail. An added benefit of Woodstock Tower is that during good weather conditions, hang gliders take off from below the tower. The tower itself is climbable where stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley include such sights as the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah (north fork) river. It is especially beautiful in the fall and winter when the leaves are off as the views are quite impressive. If you go all the way to the south end of Fort Valley Road and turn right onto Moreland Gap road, there is a lot of nice scenery and views. At the top of the mountain (Moreland Gap), there is access to the Massanutten Mountain trail yet again. In this section, you are less likely to run into ATVs which are common on the trail both North and South of Edinburg Gap.

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