Purchase Knob Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Users have reported that there is a closed gate on the road leading to the trailhead, adding 1.5 miles each way.

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17 days ago

Not exactly the train, but when you drive up, there is a gate blocked so you are unable to get to the top. It is about a 2mile bike to get to the top where there is a house used as a rest stop. The view up there is amazing. A little steep. This recording was on the way back down to the car

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rocky
7 months ago

Our first Smokey mtn trail with the kids age 13, 11, and 6. We encountered the closed gate but weren’t aware it added 1.5 miles. It was all uphill on a gravel road so after the first mile my kids were very cranky!! We would not have attempted a 5 mile round trip for our first hike had I known so keep that in mind. Gotta find the path through the meadow. We found it for the way back only but it was so spectacular compared to the rocky gravel road. The top had a water fountain and nice bathroom. The views at the top were breathtaking and even the cranky kids were so glad we made it up there!

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7 months ago

Don't go through the gate to park. gravel road is a bit annoying but I guess it's a warm up. the trail gets immediately better once you start off toward the cabin. we take lots of out of town guests to this trail.

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9 months ago

Park outside gate, even if it’s open for scientists to get to Educational Center at top of Mtn. Don’t wanna get locked in! Nice gravel road hike for bit. Take Ferguson Cabin trail for outstanding path thru meadow of flowers & butterflies. Bonus view at the top. Picnic tables & good public restrooms.

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11 months ago

One of my absolute ALL TIME FAVORITES! A great hike for a vacationer & not difficult & easily accessible!

Wed Mar 13 2019

Great family hike. Beautiful views, interesting weather station at top. Old cabin nearby that you can go into, and the springhouse is a good teaching moment.

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Tue Nov 13 2018

The road was closed so we hiked the 1.5 mile to the trailhead but honestly it was just lackluster. It was all gravel access roads.

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Tue Jul 31 2018

This easy hike/wall has spectacular views! Take a side trail up the meadow for breathtaking views and to see thousands of butterflies. The top of the hike reminds me of The Sound of Music.

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Mon Jul 30 2018

Very enjoyable.

Thu Nov 23 2017

Road was closed as stated by others, but the 2.2 mike hike was worth the view. The research station at the top is also a nice resting point. Sunrise is worth the hike in the dark.

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Fri Sep 08 2017

Very enjoyable

Sun Jul 30 2017

The vistas make everything worth it.

Fri Mar 31 2017

We did not actually get to go on Purchase Knob Trail. Purchase Rd is gated and has a sign that says it is for research vehicles only. We walked 2.2 miles up Purchase Rd with our dog and then saw a sign at the research center by the trail head that said dogs are allowed ON THE ROAD ONLY. Even still, it was worth the 4.4 mile round trip. The mountain views from the research station are phenomenal and there are a couple benches on a very nice deck that they welcome visitors to use and also some public bathrooms (which are closed during the off season). Be aware, this walk is 2.2 miles of fairly steady incline up but that means on the way back it's all downhill ;-)

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