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Green Knob Trail

 5 votes

2.1 Miles 3.4 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

464' 142 m

Ascent

-463' -141 m

Descent

3,870' 1,180 m

High

3,432' 1,046 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Unknown

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A diverse trail with great views, open fields, and multiple creek crossings packed into 2.1 miles.

Alex Waterworth

Overview

This trail features a variety of terrain packed into a moderately strenuous 2.3 miles. The trail changes dramatically along the way, featuring dense rhododendron tunnels, open pastures, creek crossings, small waterfalls and magnificent long range views of Grandfather Mountain.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Park at the Sims Pond overlook at mile post 295.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can also park at the Sim's Creek overlook at milepost 295.2 and take a short access trail to the main loop. Sturdy shoes/boots are a must. There are multiple creek crossings with slippery roots and rocky sections. There is a very steep 1/4-mile section around mile 2 which is treacherous when wet. Keep an eye out for bulls in the pasture.

Description

This 2.3-mile trail is one of the best short hikes in the area. Start from the Sim's Pond overlook, with the recommended direction counter-clockwise. For the first mile or so, the trail winds around Sim's Pond and continues under the massive parkway bridge through rhododendron tunnels, several creek crossings and small waterfalls. The trail then follows the creek bed up the valley through dense foliage with lots of roots, rocks, and a few steep sections.

Around the 1.2 mile mark, the trail opens into a magnificent pasture as it winds to the top of Green Knob. The Pasture is stunning, but long range views are limited due to the surrounding trees. From here, the trail returns to the forest and descends back down to Sim's Pond with a great view of Grandfather Mountain. This stretch contains an extremely steep section that can be treacherous when wet.

Contacts

Land Manager: Blue Ridge Parkway

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Nov 6, 2017
Mike Atkins
Oct 19, 2017
dee angel
Sep 23, 2017
Hannah Costello
Good running trail!
Jul 10, 2017
Dianne Hinson
Rosebay rhododendron in full bloom. Beautiful hike.
Jun 18, 2017
Breanna Hodge
Jun 18, 2017
Joshu Delaura
2.8mi
Jun 18, 2017
Russell Schlick
Walking with the kids make this take a lot longer than originally thought. Distance is longer than the stated 2.1 miles. First part pretty slippery 2.9mi
Nov 11, 2016
Allen Sl
2.1mi

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