George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob Part 2

Continued from Part 1

After Fort Valley Overlook, you keep going another 1.2 miles until you reach a fork in the road. If you want to go for a slightly shorter hike, you can turn left at this point onto the Makeaka Peak Trail. However, for the longer loop, you continue along the Massanutten National Recreation Trail until you reach Signal Knob at the TV tower there.

Signal Knob

View of Signal Knob from the Massanutten National Recreation Trail.

Along the Massanutten Trail we saw a variety of wildflowers.

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Combleaf Yellow False Foxglove

Combleaf Yellow False Foxglove, or Aureolaria pectinata, is a member of the Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae) and blooms July to October. A native wildflower, it grows throughout the southeastern United States. The northern reach of its distribution is in Virginia.

Spanish Needles

Spanish Needles

Spanish Needles

Spanish Needles, or Bidens bipinnata, are a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and bloom late summer to early fall. A native plant, it grows throughout most of the United States, except the northwestern region. It has been introduced in some areas of Canada.

The nectar and pollen from the flowers attract many types of bees, while the seeds are eaten by various birds. The spiky ends of the seeds help them to attach to passing animals and humans, thereby distributing themselves.

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