Green Knob Trail from MST

HARD 14 reviews

Green Knob Trail from MST is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.5 miles
1555 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips




wild flowers

23 days ago

Hiked in to the southern end of GK via MST from Lake Logan Road near the BRP, over Green Knob to the norther terminus at Lake Logan Road and then up the forestry road to buckeye gap and back to MST for the return. AllTrails crapped out about 1/4 of the way through but we marked it somewhere between 19 and 20 miles - a fun and full day hike. The trail can be a challenge to follow at times due to lack of use and/or tree falls. We found map, compass, and GPS useful at times. A coupe of good river crossings - be cautious when the water is high and use those hiking poles. Tons of nettles on certain portions of GK and some steep portions to keep you working. Also lots of berry bushes of various sorts. Looks like heaven for the bears! Plenty of water access for those filtering along the way. Enjoy all the challenges this trail has to offer.

3 months ago

This was a wonderful one nighter. Recommend the approach from the MST NEAR Beech Gap
Not a busy place. Once you leave the MST and head up the hill there are no reliable water sources, so pack it in or be ready to hike back into the valley to get water.
Nice ridge hike from MST to green knob. The trail from Sunburst to green knob I thought was horrible:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I have been wanting to try this trail for some time as my first chance to explore the Middle Prong Wilderness, and this was a beautiful day for it.

The trail starts at the Mountains-to-Sea trailhead on NC 215, and follows a fairly gradual climb along the relatively well maintained MST for a few miles, until it climbs to the top of Fork Ridge. As with all Wilderness areas, there are no trail markings, but the MST portion is pretty clear in most sections. That can't be said for the rest though.

At the top of Fork Ridge, look for a trail leading right (North). This is not very clear, but if you begin descending the other side of Fork Ridge, you have gone too far. This trail continues for several miles North toward Green Knob. It is quite difficult to follow in a few sections, but always stick to the top of the ridgeline.

Along the way there are stunning views from both sides of the ridge. I really enjoyed seeing the views of Sam's Knob, Black Balsam, and from Green Knob you can even see Shining Rock. Not long after leaving the MST, there is a false trail branching left to the West. It's worth it, as it leads to a large cleared overlook with amazing, long-distance views (all the way into Georgia, on this clear day).

The mileage on multiple GPS units was well over 10 miles, round trip, even though the trail is listed online as 9 miles. This was an enjoyable hike, but one we really had to pay attention to keep on trail.

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recorded 236 MST to Green Mountain

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