Hike to High Knob Fire Tower
The 360-degree visibility from High Knob Fire Tower includes:
- To the North:
- The Northern third of Shenandoah Mountain
- Cow Knob – About 10 miles away, another fire tower used to stand here.
- Clearings and Meadows – These were developed by private sportsmen groups as wildlife food clearings.
- US Highway 33.
- To the East:
- A 30,000 acre National Forest watershed that is part of the proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area, including Skidmore Fork and Dry River
- Railroad Hollow – said to have been surveyed by the Chesapeake-Western Railroad as the potential location of a tunnel through the mountain. The tunnel would have been part of a route connecting Washington, D.C. to St. Louis, MO
- Site of Liskey House – an overnight stage stop on the wagon road between Harrisonburg and Franklin, WV
- Switzer Lake – a 100-acre water source for Harrisonburg
- Harrisonburg, Massanutten Peak, and the Blue Ridge Mountains
- To the South:
- Open fields on private land on the crest of Shenandoah Mountain
- The vast expanse of the proposed 90,000-acre Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area
- Reddish Knob, the highest point on Shenandoah Mountain – about 9 miles away. A fire tower stood here until 1975
- 1,400 acres of old growth forest at Skidmore Fork, which is proposed for Wilderness designation
- Radio communication station utilized by the United States Navy at Sugar Grove, WV
- To the West:
- Brandywine Lake Recreation Area in the George Washington National Forest
- Community of Brandywine, WV
- The Allegheny Front mountain formation and Spruce Knob, highest point in West Virginia