Twelve O'clock Knob (Roanoke County, Virginia)

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Twelve O'clock Knob
Twelve O'clock Knob Mountain.jpg
Looking southwest at Twelve O'clock Knob
Highest point
Elevation 2,671 ft (814 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°14′54.80″N 80°05′04.04″W / 37.2485556°N 80.0844556°W / 37.2485556; -80.0844556Coordinates: 37°14′54.80″N 80°05′04.04″W / 37.2485556°N 80.0844556°W / 37.2485556; -80.0844556[1]
Location Roanoke County, Virginia, U.S.
Parent range Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains
Topo map USGS Bent Mountain
Easiest route Road

Twelve O'clock Knob is a mountain located in southwestern Roanoke County, Virginia, directly south of Salem, Virginia. According to local lore, slaves in the western Roanoke Valley noted that the Sun was directly over the mountain roughly around noon local time.[2] In 1995 and 1996, the Tour DuPont staged a time trial in the Roanoke Valley, the highlight of which was a ride over the steep, winding Twelve O'clock Knob Road. The north slope of the ridgeline formed by Poor Mountain, Twelve O'clock Knob and adjacent peaks such as Sugarloaf Mountain mark the southwestern boundary of the Roanoke Valley.


  1. ^ a b "Noon 2". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  2. ^ Harris, Nelson (2005). Salem and Roanoke County in Vintage Postcards. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub. p. 88. ISBN 9780738518381. Retrieved 7 July 2016.