A Dog Friendly Approach to Bald Knob

November 13, 2008 at 8:00 am 2 comments

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).

View from Bald Knob (Butt Mountain is in this shot!)

View from Bald Knob (Dry Mountain Lake is in this shot!)

Peeling Bark at the top of Bald Knob

Bunch of red berries at Bald Knob

I thought this leaf looked like a little swimming turtle

More pictures of our trip to Bald Knob can be found on my Flickr site.

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.

Entry filed under: Bald Knob, Hiking.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bear Cliffs via Spring Trail « TGAW  |  February 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

    […] you can take to Bear Cliffs.  You can go up the Bald Knob Road (which Tony and I took up to Bald Knob in November) about 0.5 miles and turn left on Bear Cliffs Trail and take a 1.9 rocky miles to the overlook. […]

  • 2. Happy Birthday, Jimmie Dog « TGAW  |  April 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

    […] Bald Knob […]


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