Knob Mt/Jeremy's Run Loop

Description: This is the 12.3 mile sister hike of the Neighbor Mountain/Jeremy's Run Loop. Except for the distance ( Big sister is 14.2 miles in length and has more elevation gain and views) they are mirror images. The initial climb up Knob Mt is a bit challenging but beyond that the ridge walk is on soft tread with only slight gains in elevation. The descent to the run is made through a series of well-placed switchbacks. At times you can catch views of Massanutten Mt w/New Market Gap and Strickler Knob clearly visible and then the Three Sisters of Neighbor Mt. Once at the bottom, the hike back to the cars is identical to the other loop. Obviously, since you’re walking the west ridge of the valley add 2 more stream crossings to the 14 encountered on the other hike. Caution: These crossings can be challenging during periods of high water.


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The hike begins at the back of the Elkwallow Picnic Area NOT at the Elkwallow Wayside as the Google directions might state.



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Tr Trail Notes: From the parking area follow the spur trail to the junction of the white blazed AT. Turn left. In 0.19 miles the AT will turn left and the blue blazed Jeremy’s Run Tr will go straight. Follow Jeremy’s Run Trail.

In 0.72 miles arrive at the blue blazed Knob Mt Connector Tr on the right. Take the connector Trail and cross Jeremy’s Run. Climb about 0.46 miles to the top of the ridge. The trail is well switchbacked but portions can be steep.

At the top join yellow blazed Knob Mt Tr. Turn left and enjoy a pretty easy ridge walk. At 2.2 miles from the last trail junction reach the summit of knob Mt with a partial view of Neighbor Mt. From here begin a descent to Jeremy’s Run. Watch for views of Massanutten Mt and Three Sisters.

Once at the bottom cross Jeremy’s Run and turn left onto the trail of the same name. In a few yards pass Neighbor Mt Tr on the right.

There are 14 crossings along the way. Some are easy and only a few occasionally difficult. The severity depends on the time of the year and the amount of recent precipitation.

There are no more trail junctions until after you climb out of the valley. Soon after that you will pass the intersection of blue-blazed Knob Mt. Trail on your left. Continue straight. Shortly after that come to the junction with the AT. This time turn left (straight) and then right onto the spur trail to get back to the Elkwallow Picnic area.

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Critique this outing




Name: Colin and Brian                                                                                              Hike: Knob Mtn / Jeremy's Run
Date: 2/24/2012                                                                                                       Rating: 4.5

Critique: We took this route after a storm delayed our start on the neighbor mountain trail. Tough climb to Knob Mtn. ridge. It has good views through the forest due to the lack of foliage, but we would have preferred more trail time on the park side of the ridge instead of overlooking the surrounding farmland. We camped at the first site on Jeremy's run. The stream was running very high, making some crossings difficult. The first crossing from the Knob Mt descent required pack throwing and a leap of faith, but all crossings after that were easier though still sometimes treacherous. The counterclockwise route is best, hiking up Jeremy's run was the best part of the hike. The waterfall is definitely worth a stop, especially during high water. Only saw one person, at least in part due to the heavy rains ending minutes before we hit the trail. All in all a worthwhile hike!




Name: Carol Branscome                                                                                          Hike: Knob Mt/Jeremy's Run
Date: 4/30/2011                                                                                                       Rating: 5

Critique: We have done this hike and its companion hike (Neighbor Mt./Jeremy's Run) several times over the past couple of years but always later in the summer or fall. Generally we prefer Neighbor Mt because there are more views in the late summer. But this is the time of the year to do Knob Mt., when the trees at the summit aren't fully "leafed out". There are spectacular views along the ridge along with some of the mt. laurel starting to bloom. And wildflowers everywhere especially alongside Jeremy's Run. Jeremy's Run was the highest we had ever seen it making the stream crossings more challenging.



Name: Moonshine                                                                                                      Hike: Knob Mt/Jeremy's Run Loop
Date: 6/20/2010                                                                                                       Rating: 3.5

Critique: Compared to the sister hike it is just a good workout on a hot summer day. If you continue downstream from the junction of Jeremys Run and Knob Mtn trails there will be a small but deep swimming hole. Watch for a footpath to the stream where the trail climbs up. Jeremys Run Tr crosses the park boundary and continues to Vaughn Summit Rd across private land. No official parking spots there, but the shoulders of the road are wide.



Name: Kris                                                                                                                  Hike: Knob Mountain/Jeremys run
Date: 7/21/07                                                                                                           Rating: 5

Critique: This was a great hike on a fabulous day with no humidity. I lucked out for it being the middle of Summer! I started the hike at 9 am and finished at 3 pm with a 35 minute lunch/swim at Jeremys Run just after coming off Knob Mountain. The hike starts with a fairly rapid decent into a hollow only to become a pretty strenuous climb out when you reach the knob Mountain cut-off Trail. The trail is well marked and has good footing. Upon reaching the Knob Mountain Trail, you will ascend steadily, but not too sharply, making for a good pace. A marker will give you notice of the last 250 ft to the summit of Knob Mountain. The descent down to Jeremys Run can wear on the knees at times, but was quite pleasant. I stopped for a snack of wild blueberries and gorgeous views south. I was tempted to take on the Mathews Arm Trail, but decided to stick to Jeremys Run since I was still sweating off 5 days of Mexican sun and tequila. The entire trail was lush green and seemed to defy the  poor rainfall thus far this year. I came upon a beautiful 400 pound Black Bear who was tossing rocks around in Jeremys Run looking for snacks. He saw me and did not seem to care. It was fabulous to watch. The stream crossings were plentiful but easy with low water levels. The initial descent from the parking area is paid for as you ascend back up. As always, the hike description on this site was wonderful and a prefect guide. Hiking this with leaf cover off would make for numerous vistas, but I found a few along the way that made it all worth it any way.


Name: Jason                                                                                                              Hike: Knob Mt/Jeremy's Run
Date: November 4-5                                                                                                 Rating: 5

Critique: Great hike but not for a beginner.  Hike up and across Knob Mountain is somewhat strenuous but not too difficult.  Even though most of the leaves were down, the views on top of Knob Mountain are somewhat limited.

Once you descend to Jeremy's Run is where it gets more difficult.  While, there a variety of great campsites near Jeremy's Run, you must cross the stream 14 times.  Very few of the crossings are easy and often times we had to bushwhack our way along the side of the stream to find a safe place to cross.  It hadn't rained in a few days and the water did not seem abnormally high either.  This would be a great hike in the summer when the stream is lower and you don't mind getting wet but definitely not an ideal hike for cold weather (which it was) or when water is high.  A hiking stick is a must for safe crossing of the stream.

The hike up the run is very scenic saw lots of deer and Jeremy's run appears full of trout.  Just be prepared to get wet.


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