This is the route for the annual VHTRC Moonlight Run, a counterclockwise loop that starts and finishes at the Signal Knob Parking Lot.
Begin with an ascent up to Signal Knob on the orange-blazed Massanuten Trail. Be sure to take in the view from Signal Knob off to the right at the top (mile 4.3). Continue with a nice, runnable descent into Powell’s Fort/Mudhole Gap.
Take a left onto the purple-blazed Mudhole Gap Trail, which will immediately cross Little Passage Creek as it heads down through the gap. Cross Little Passage Creek three more times in the next mile.
The Mudhole Gap Trail turns left up a short hill and then widens into an old access road. Enjoy the runnable descent for 3.1 miles, passing by the pink-blazed Sidewinder Trail before coming to a white-blazed connector trail. Take that trail to your left and follow for 0.1 miles to meet the orange/blue blazed Bear Wallow/Tuscarora Trail. Turn right on the Bear Wallow/Tuscarora Trail. In 0.9 miles, come to an intersection. Take a left and return to the Signal Knob parking lot.