Green Knob Trail from Sunburst

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Green Knob Trail from Sunburst is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnett Siding, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

off trail

backpacking
4 months ago

Unquestionably the most menacing hill I've done in the combined Shining Rock / Middle Prong wildernesses.

The trail begins unceremoniously just a few yards beyond the bridge coming from the Sunburst campground.

Once you manage to top the ridge, the trail frequently vanishes, but is recoverable by remaining on the ridge-line while favoring the left side.

I actually descended it coming up from the MST to loop back via the Fork Ridge. My toe nails were black for months afterward!

A brutal trail, but worth a tale!

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail over 2 years back. Absolutely loved it! However, use extreme caution, this trail isn't marked and the way up is steep at first. Also, because there aren't any blazes, I didn't know it was a loop trail, so I ended up hiking back the way I came.

10 months ago

Take heed when it says "very experienced adventurers." We weren't aware that this pieced together a couple of trails, and we needed GPS to trail blaze to stay with this route. I'm glad we did it, but won't do it again!!! Haha!!

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016