Tompkins Knob Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Purlear, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
A relatively flat, wooded trail. Definitely don't miss out on continuing on to Cascade Falls.
By itself, a nice short walk in the woods. No views and it can be noisy, as it follows the Blue Ridge Parkway closely (but mostly below and out of sight). But there is a picturesque old log cabin. And the trail works well with the Cascades Falls Trail if you would like to add an extra 1.2 miles to your hike.