Twelve O'clock Knob

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Twelve O'clock Knob
Twelve O'clock Knob Mountain.jpg
Looking southwest at Twelve O'clock Knob
Highest point
Elevation2,671 ft (814 m)[1]
Coordinates37°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]
LocationRoanoke County, Virginia, U.S.
Parent rangeAppalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Bent Mountain
Easiest routeRoad

Twelve O'clock Knob is a mountain located in southwestern Roanoke County, Virginia, directly south of Salem, Virginia. According to local lore, enslaved people 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.

This mountain should not be confused with Twelve O'Clock Knob in Patrick County, Virginia.


  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.