Flag Pole Road

4/5 (14 reviews)
Harrisonburg, Virginia (Rockingham County)
Last Updated: 06/05/2021
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This is a great trail to get your off road feet wet, or take a family trip to one of Virginia's historic knobs. This trail and knob was originally used as a fire lookout in the 1920's in the first fire warden system. Now, Flag Pole Knob is a great up and back day trip, or a great place to camp overnight. Less than an hour from Harrisonburg, Flag Pole Knob is easily accessible and the trail is very straight forward, and can be quickly completed. There is a large open area on top to pitch a tent, or several nooks to hide away. This trail is well worth the trip for the views along the way and the reward at the apex.

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Trail Reviews

4/5 (14 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 07/23/2021

Im new to this.. Wife and i first came from red knobto flagpole knob to 33.. Trail wasn't much of a problem there were a couple high water areas.. Just a few wks ago we drove up Union Springs, now i had no idea what i was getting into.. But my stock 04 dakota did it like a champ.. Looking forward to more adventures.. Just need to figure how to get my jeep badge well my dakota.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/02/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Multiple ways to get to the knob. This route listed definitely is the easier. From Switzer lake it's still easy enough for stock jeep or truck to make the trip. This route a sedan can make it. Once in a while you'll see some cars up at the top for camping. This is a very popular spot so come early if you plan to stay. However, there is plenty of space and an alternate spot which is a bit more challenging to get to.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/01/2021

The ride up wasn’t bad as at all. We pulled off to do a few mud holes and climbs but nothing too serious. Once we got to the summit we hung out a bit and decided to take union springs trail out. If you decide to do this, make sure you have 4WD. There were some pretty hairy spots but all in all it was good fun. I would rate the difficulty of flagpole a solid 2 if you stay on the path and union springs a 5. 2008 Jeep Wrangler Ult X 35x12.50x17 mud hogs
Trail Review: Flag Pole Road - Clifford Hankins
Trail Review: Flag Pole Road - Clifford Hankins
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Status: Open
Visited: 09/19/2020

Great trail and scenery. Not technical -- stock Jeeps may have a moderate time on it.
Trail Review: Flag Pole Road - Tony
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/06/2020

We started at Switzer Lake and came up via the lake road (which I've seen called Dunkle Hollow and Skidmore Fork--unsure which is 100% correct). About half a mile into the ascent, thunderstorms started and they did not relent, making the trail quite challenging at certain parts. It was an absolute blast, but I'm eager to see what changes when it's dry! The view at the top (Flagpole Knob itself) was neat, but shrubs/trees unfortunately obscure a lot of the view. We took the forest road down and it was relatively uneventful and somewhat uninteresting. Definitely recommend taking any of the other paths instead of that road if you want a bit of a more interesting ride and journey.

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