Last weekend we visited Strickler Knob in Massanutten mountain, a sandstone ridge located in the Virginia Appalachians, 2 hours away from Washington DC. There is a 6 mile out-and-back trail that brings you to the 360 degree overlook with beautiful vistas of the Shenandoah valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.
We planned to camp at the top of the ridge, where there is a cozy campground with a nice fireplace. We brought plenty of water because there are no creeks at the top. We also packed a harmonica music instrument and a lot of desire to have fun.
We started at the Scothorn Gap trail, followed the steep fire road, passed a plateau with no trees and found a small pond at our left (hidden by trees) where we stopped for 5 minutes and had some fun. Then we picked up the trail again, arrived to a junction sign, and headed straight on to the orange-blazed Massanutten trail.