Green Knob Trail

HARD 111 reviews

Green Knob Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

Little traveled trail with two entrances off the Blue Ridge Parkway that includes Sims Creek as well as Sims Pond.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a nice trail, steep decline. It was pretty easy. Mistakenly went after heavy rain and the creek was high. Be careful.

1 month ago

We didn’t research this trail so were a little taken aback by a couple of steep declines - wouldn’t recommend for someone with really bad knees. Took about 2 hours with several rest breaks. Great diversity of views - meadows like Sound of Music, streamside canopies. Would do it again, but do a little more stretching beforehand!

1 month ago

Sims pond loop is a nice short loop with minor elevation change. circles around the pond and under the brp, up across green knob and back to the parking lot. nice

1 month ago

Quick easy hike.

For a more difficult hike do start by the pond. Walk across the BRP and start there. The first mile is uphill and a much better workout.

hiking
2 months ago

as close to highland hiking I could get within the area. solid trail with views after bombing mountain peaks all week

5 months ago

This trail was stunning after a fresh snow, but would be relatively uneventful otherwise. Pretty flat overall. Not a bad little route if you are right on time, butthis area of the Blue Ridge has much better to offer.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved the criss-crossing of the creek and than opening up into the hardwoods and Meadows.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail. More Laurel and Turkey Brush than I’ve seen in one place.

7 months ago

The trail was washed out after recent heavy rains at a point roughly one-third of the way around. However, it you stay to the high side you can get around it and face clear sailing for the rest of the hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty nice trail. A couple of sections cut through fields which give you nice views and sunshine. Other sections down along the creek in the rhododendrons feel nice and jungle-y. Pretty long steep hill to go down, so maybe not a good choice for people with knee issues.

10 months ago

Nice hike. Will be incredibly muddy if there was a recent rain. I hiked with my 2 year old. We started by Sims pond and went counterclockwise. Maybe this way is easier? My 2 year old did most of it. The big hill coming down is loose gravel and i can see it would be challenging going up. But i think it's more moderate not hard. I personally thought Rough Ridge was tougher. Views were nice

hiking
10 months ago

Great hiking with lots of different terrain and elevations. We took our kids, 6 and 4 and they loved it! It took us about 2 hours with kids but so worth it. Highly recommend it!

hiking
11 months ago

A bit wet, and more difficult than suggested by it's short length. Definitely worth the work.

11 months ago

Very pretty trail with babbling brooks along with open meadows of cows and wooded forrest.

hiking
11 months ago

Definitely a tough hike, but so worth it. Due to recent rain, my husband and I both fell on the initial descent down the stairs/hill; then we saw a rattler sitting on the steps on the way back up. Be careful! Nice creek section initially and on completion of hike. Beautiful walk thru pasture; the cows and my dogs weren't quite sure about each other. Then back up thru the forest. You go through 3 different ecosystems in just 2.5 miles! Tougher than you think but great views throughout.

11 months ago

Great hike. Nice variety of terrain and habitats. Nice family hike.

11 months ago

Great hike. Nice variety of terrain and habitats. Nice family hike.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

This is my favorite trail in the area! There was varied terrain and scenery, making the entire thing interesting. Being a zoology fanatic, meeting the numerous salamanders, snakes, and cows was very exciting!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Love the scenery along the water, the pasture and the forest. Very diverse and beautiful loop! And my six year old was able to complete it!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Very nice trail. Rigorous workout, nice amount of water for the dogs, varied terrain. Lots of shaded rhodo segments & pasture on a hill with amazing view of the old man. Did the whole thing in about an hour. Was a blast!!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

If I could give three and a half stars, that would be more appropriate. It is a nice trail, well marked and you get to walk through some prairie and bluffs, but you spend most of the time in a swampy area. When we hiked it, it was flooded the whole trail except up in the hills. You also need to cross the road one time! Overall, nice trail located near Blowing Rock, but if you're looking for stunning views and seclusion (it is very crowded!), pick a different trail!

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

A nice hike, good mix of terrain. Be ready for the hills!

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cute loop trail with dynamic scenery, easy parking access

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This is a go to trail for me and several friends. Really enjoyable year round!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful, lovely blue ridge experience from the trail along the creek to walking under the massive blue ridge park way bridge, to the high elevation meadows with awesome views

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

Great trail. The snow and slippery mud made the descent pretty difficult. All in all a great workout and beautiful views.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice hike

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

We just hiked this trail January 7th, 2017 in about 8" of snow and a temperature of about 14F. This makes the hike very difficult. Beautiful trail, especiall once you cross under the Blue Ridge Parkway and start up the open field. Great views of Grandfather Mountain as you decend from Green Knob back towards the Parkway.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

nice trail. moderate to easy.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

One of our favorites!

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