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Green Knob Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Loop

3,870' 1,180 m

High

3,432' 1,046 m

Low

464' 142 m

Up

463' 141 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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.

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

Shared By:

Alex Waterworth

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 23 votes

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Photos

Looking across the field to Grandfather Mountain.
Jun 4, 2015 near Blowing…, NC
Out of the creek bed and into the pasture.
Jun 4, 2015 near Blowing…, NC
Kids and cows in the meadow on Green Knob.
Jul 28, 2019 near Blowing…, NC
Climbing the creek bed.
Jun 4, 2015 near Blowing…, NC
One of the many creek crossings along the Green Knob Trail.
Jun 4, 2015 near Blowing…, NC
Rhododendron tunnel.
Jun 11, 2015 near Blowing…, NC

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Jul 4, 2020
Paolo Jacobs
hiked it just after a rain shower, very wet and muddy in parts. be prepared for that. also lots of mosquitos. 2.3mi — 2h 00m
Jun 29, 2020
Ali Morrow
Jun 20, 2020
Noah E
Nov 29, 2019
Andrew McLean
Great for a family hike!
Aug 27, 2019
Megan Marshburn
Green. Beautiful even when foggy
Aug 4, 2019
Harry Hoover
Jun 26, 2019
Aaron Bevacqua
2.6mi — 1h 40m
Jun 15, 2019
Jake Clewis
2.1mi — 10h 50m