A Dog Friendly Approach to Bald Knob
Saturday, November 1st, Tony Airaghi and I went up to Bald Knob for a quick outing. The property at the Mountain Lake resort is not dog friendly, which poses a problem because the Bald Knob Trail starts right behind that fancy schmacy mansion. Luckily, there is a fireroad you can take up to Bald Knob that does allow pets. Just park at the parking lot right after the intersection of Mountain Lake Rd. and Doe Creek Road. Right across the street is a gravel road, aptly named “Bald Knob Road.” You follow that road up and booyah! Bald Knob View!
(And it is a lot easier than the trail all those pet-less suckers have to take!)
And what can you see from Bald Knob? Lots- wonderful ridgelines, great rock outcroppings, a historic golf clubhouse, Butt Mountain, Pearis Mountain and Mountain Lake (or dry Mountain Lake).
|Bald Knob (with Dogs)
Length: Approximately 0.5 miles one way
Elevation Gain: 479 feet
Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 West
Turn right on VA-700
Right before the Mountain Lake Resort, you will pass Doe Creek Road on your left. You will want to park and hike up the gravel road right across the street.