The Top of Reddish Knob

4,369 ft.

That's the elevation of Reddish Knob.

Bikes at the top of Reddish Knob.

To some people that may seem like a lot and others not so much. But no matter who you are, if you bike it or run/walk it, or really, even if you drive it, it is always an adventure.

As part of the George Washington National Forest, and one of the the few peaks of Shenandoah Mountain, I find myself ascending and descending Reddish a handful of times each year. 


Reddish Knob graffiti - a mixture of wisdom and poor decisions

Reddish is something that as a local or tourist you must see. The view at the top is a perfect 360 degrees. Interestingly enough, the VA and WV line cuts right through the paved section at the top - someone was even nice enough to paint the line on the road. Some other people have painted a whole lot of other things, most of which you should ignore. 

Skip over the graffiti and take in the views. Wow, you can see Massanutten Mountain on a clear day and Dayton's, Mole Hill is just a little bump on the Valley's surface. 

Harrisonburg to Reddish Knob is 27 miles. This past Saturday I rode to the top with one of my greatest friends. It was a slow climb up the mountain, but every rotation of the pedals was worth it. He now lives in New Jersey and a lot's happening in his life. It was great to catch-up in-between catching our breath.

At the top we thought back to other times we'd climbed this same mountain in years past. We've done it in the winter, spring, summer and fall and both at daytime and nighttime. No matter the time or bike, it is always a great sense of accomplishment.

Reddish Knob, it's hard to get to, but it's rewarding. I urge you to go see it for yourself!

I was happy for disc brakes on the way down! It took us a little over an hour to climb and a fraction of that time to be back at the bottom.