Green Knob Trail
The Green Knob Trail is in a quiet forest where you can be in your own world. This trail alternates between dry hemlock groves and green areas. After climbing most of the way to the top, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding western views of Mt. Mitchell and Clingman’s Peak. The Green Knob Tower is registered with the National Historic Lookout Register. This volunteer group, similar in concept to the National Register of Historic Places, recognizes both active and inactive fire towers and ground lookouts.
Though no longer used for fire watching, the Green Knob tower and other lookouts remain popular destinations.
Though you can get to Green Knob tower by walking 0.5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Green Tower Overlook, this hike will provide a good, challenging walk in a quiet forest.
Length: 5.7 miles
Altitude gain: 2,310 feet
Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell and Big Ivy Trail Maps, USDA Forest Service.
Trailhead: The trailhead is at the Black Mountain Campground. Take the Blue Ridge Parkway north past MP 348. Exit to the left on unpaved FS 2074 as it goes down and passes campsites. At a triangle formed by three roads, go straight. The Campground is 3.3 miles from the Parkway. The trail starts in back of the information board.