The Hilltop Hike In West Virginia That Will Lead You Straight To A Spectacular View
While we all love the thought of being able to tackle a 10 or 15-mile hike each and every weekend, it’s just not always possible. So, the next time you’re short on time (or will power) head to this relatively short hike in West Virginia that climaxes at the top of a hill with a fantastic surprise awaiting at the end of the trail.
The moderately trafficked trail begins at the far end of a parking lot (directions are below) just off U.S. 33 so close to the Virginia border you could probably throw a rock and have it land on the turf of our neighboring state.
The trail is a mere 2.7 miles out and back (so, 1.35 miles each way) and oddly enough, when you first begin the trek, you'll go down before you go up. Much of the trail meanders through the picturesque George Washington National Forest.
It's a hike that's probably just right for all ages. The only time things may get a little sketch is in the last quarter mile, when you'll encounter a relatively steep incline. But stick with it... aside from great views, there is a huge surprise at the top of that hill you'll be climbing.
There's a lookout tower up at the top of this high knob.
From the observation deck, you'll have 360-degree views of both Virginias (but we all know which one is the BEST Virginia, don't we?!).
This High Knob Tower trail is best used in months that don't have snow. Bring the dog (on a leash), the kids, your grandparents. It's perfect for just about everyone.
While some people do attempt it in the snow... we don't recommend it unless you're an avid hiker with technical skills to navigate over icy terrain.
Finding the trailhead is super easy since it's located at the end of an enormous pullover parking area right on U.S. 33 just before you cross into Virginia.
This trail is located near Brandywine, WV. Here’s a
link to a Google Map that shows the location of the parking area. For more information, see this link at alltrails.com.
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