High knob Lookout Tower Hike
Total Mileage: 3 Miles Directions 38.579926,-79.169058
Total rise: 680′ Facebook
Hike Time:2 hrs with 3 kids My Pintrest
Significance: Fire towers, Views
Here is some of what you need to know:This is one of the busiest fire towers I have ever been to, but I think it is worth the trouble.
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The first mile of this hike has a gain of only 300′ in elevation; the hills were moderate and spread out enough to quickly recover from any exertion that was made. The is a part of the George Washington National Forest and it is beautiful, I really enjoyed walking this path.
After the mile you will come to a three way intersection, it is well marked and you will now head uphill. The next 1/4 mile is steep and rocky, but my kids did it without a problem. The last 0.25 miles is back to moderate hills again until you get to the tower.
The views from the tower are amazing. The West Virginia and Virginia border runs right through this locations so you get a good look at the mountains in both state. Here is a link to help identifying the surrounding peaks. A walkway wraps around the abnormaly large tower so their is plenty of room for everyone (not more than 10 are allowed at one time). The area around at the top of the mountain is open and would make for a good place to picnic.
It is a nice drive though the West Virginia and Virginia mountains to get to the parking area. Check out these other West Virginia Fire Towers: Olson Tower, Bickle Knob,Thorny Mountain, Hanging Rock Observatory. We love the Virginia’s and we are always looking forward to our next adventures here. Tell us your stories and send some photos to Everywherehiker@gmail.com. Enjoy your trip!