Flag Pole Road

Harrisonburg, Virginia (Rockingham County)

Last Updated: 06/05/2021
4 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Length: 3.69 miles
Highest Elevation: 4359 feet
Duration: About 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Harrisonburg
Nearest Town w/ Services: Harrisonburg
Official Road Name: 85A
Management Agency: George Washington National Forest
District: Lee Ranger District


Highlight: Flag Pole Road
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn right off route 924 (Briery Branch road). This intersection will have Forest road 25 at the left to Reddish Knob, and county route 25 to Sugar Grove straight ahead. This trail will start as a semi-improved gravel road, but quickly turn into a rock bed fire road. There will be rock gardens, water holes and steep climbs.

Directions to Trailhead

From Harrisonburg take I-81 to exit #235 on to route 256 west , north on route 11, west on route 727, north on route 613, west on route 257, this turns into route 924 west, which becomes a ridge road up to the intersection for Forest Road 85A / Flag Pole Road.



Trail Reviews (13)

Questions & Answers (7)

Q: Thank you for the advice -Todd. Going right now to get some recovery gear.
–Marloy Aguilar (10/30/2021)
Q: Planing on going within a week or so. Is the place open and do I need a permit to use the trail? I am from Maryland and I have a 2021 Ram 2500 Cummins off road package stock. Do I need any special equipment? (Shovel, winch, Maxtrax) I am mew to this activity and will be my first time. Any advice will be much appreciated thank you.
–Marloy Aguilar (10/28/2021)
–Todd (10/30/2021)
Q: Planning a flag pole run on 06/06/21 Is it closed?
–Sigrig17 (06/04/2021)
–Todd (06/05/2021)
Q: Does anyone know if the trail is open year round or if it gets closed down for winter
–Jordan (11/16/2018)
–Scott Coleman (11/16/2018)
Q: Anyone been up here lately? Curious if its in good condition post storms.
–Mike Hunt (10/01/2018)
–Scott Coleman (10/03/2018)
Q: Anyone been here lately?
–Mike Hunt (05/26/2018)
–Jordan (08/06/2018)
–Scott Coleman (05/26/2018)
Q: Are any permits required for 4x4 vehicles to use the trails at GWNF?
–Greg (11/16/2017)
–Scott Coleman (11/17/2017)

Writer Information

Scott Coleman

Mapping Crew - Virginia

Born in Charlottesville Va, his youth was spent exploring the Shenandoah Mountains. After a career in the U.S. Marine corps he returned to the mountains of Virginian and the trails were calling his name. He has hiked, biked and wheeled any trail allowed and has a deep passion for off roading. Through Trails off road, he is excited to map the trails so every one can enjoy the awesome trails Virginia has to offer.
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