Welcome to Save the Knob’s Page!

There are iconic landscapes that move us and remind us why nature matters – The Knob is one of those places. Providing a stunning backdrop to the historic town of Mount Jackson, the Knob is the rocky-topped southern end of Short Mountain, home to Peregrine falcons and vital for the town’s water supply. Located in Shenandoah County and adjacent to the George Washington National Forest, this area is a favorite recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts from near and far and important for the tourism economy. However, it is also for sale and at risk of development.

With your help, The Conservation Fund seeks to purchase and protect 137 acres on The Knob and transfer the land to the U.S. Forest Service for incorporation into the George Washington National Forest. If the property can be purchased, we will permanently protect land critical to the water supply for the Town of Mount Jackson, and we may be able to extend the Massanutten Trail and provide recreational opportunities. Most importantly, we’ll ensure that the iconic backdrop to the Town is preserved for future generations.

This is an all-hands-on-deck save and we need to raise $385,000 to make this project a reality. Thanks to the work of The Conservation Fund and generous donors, we are almost there. But we need your help. Right now, all local donations up to $10,000 will be matched by the Town of Mount Jackson to get us over the finish line. Please consider a donation today to help save this local gem.

Photo by: Rod Shepherd

The Conservation Fund

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12/31/2017Thanks for all the support to Save The Knob! Donations are coming in and we are nearing our goal! We hope to have an updated campaign total in early January and will let everyone know if we need to do one more push to reach our goal. Please continue to help by contributing and sharing this page.Kim Woodwell - Shenandoah Forum
12/15/2017I sent you a $50 donation and I need a receipt. Thank you.Pat Churchman
10/30/2017View of the Knob from our New Market property. . .let's PROTECT THE KNOB FOREVER!!!! Allowing any top of development on top of this iconic special place would be a tragedy none of us would want to live with!!Jonathan Kiser
10/27/2017Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! We're starting to see donations come in to help Save the Knob! Thanks to the Town of Mount Jackson, donations from town residents will be matched, up to $10,000. This means that any donation by a resident will be doubled, so please help us reach our goal by contributing and sharing this page today.Heather Richards - Conservation Fund
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