Flagpole Knob

3.7/5 (16 reviews)
Harrisonburg, Virginia (Rockingham County)
Last Updated: 11/19/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Traveling along the southern ridge of Slate Spring Mountain and literally on the border of Virginia and West Virginia, Flagpole Knob is an excellent road for a mellow family trip to one of Virginia's most historic knobs. It offers unparalleled views into the famous Shenandoah Valley, which has its own folklore and American history. In the 1920s, fire wardens set up fire tire lookouts across the ridgelines and knobs of the surrounding mountains, and Flagpole Knob was one of those. A large open area is 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 top looking east across the great state of Virginia.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This trail guide starts from where Skidmore Fork/Dunkle Hollow terminates. However, it can be driven in any direction allowing you to drive it from the last Waypoint to the Knob, then right down. The road is comprised of hard-packed dirt and gravel and is maintained from time to time. A few steep pitches and narrow sections will not be conducive to passing, so keep your eyes out for oncoming traffic. Note about the road number: Flagpole Knob technically travels past Skidmore Fork/Dunkle Hollow, but we have included that section of the road in the Stone Camp trail guide due to the drastic change in the trail's difficulty.
Avoid in ice or snow.

Trail Reviews

3.7/5 (16 reviews)
Todd
Official Crew
103150
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 11/01/2022

5-stars for the view from the knob, but two stars for the trail. The trail was fairly boring. If you want to see the knob and take a more exciting way in, try going in via Dunkle Hollow or Union Springs to Stone Camp!
John
Official Crew
34850
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 11/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I am a bit conflicted in writing this review. I think Flagpole is a must-do trail if you have never done it. The view from the top is absolutely incredible. However, the trail is very easy so expect to see a lot of people. The amount of illegal off-trail paths nearing the summit was disheartening to see as well. I also found it a bit weird that people left memorials of their family and friends who have passed in such a spot with the potential for disrespect/vandalism.
Trail Review: Flagpole Knob - John
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: Flagpole Knob - Clifford Hankins
Trail Review: Flagpole Knob - Clifford Hankins
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