Sam Knob Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Sam Knob Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

You can also do Sam's Knob Loop by combining the Sam Knob Trail, Little Sam Knob Trail, Mountain-to-Sea Trail and finally the Flat Laurel Creek Trail passing several waterfalls and creeks along the way. Take the short spur off Sam Knob Trail to the top of Sam Knob reaching 6068 Feet.

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12 days ago

Short hike with great views the whole way. Some stairs and big steps from washout. Great place to catch a sunset!

hiking
15 days ago

This is a spectacular short hike...from the walk down to and across the beautiful meadow with Sam Knob and Little Sam Knob in front of you, to the climb up through a couple interesting switchbacks (while at times hearing the water cascading in Flat Laurel Creek far below), to reaching the exposed 6,040 foot summit area with amazing views in all directions. I was fortunate to have a beautiful day with puffy clouds and only a little haze, as well as a number of blooming rhododendron bushes and a few colorful flaming azaleas. The trail starts just to the right of the bathrooms in the Black Balsam parking lot at the end of the road. Get there early if possible...spots go fast with all the wonderful nearby trails.

hiking
18 days ago

Short hike

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21 days ago

1 month ago

Great short and relatively easy hike. Fell in love with the views.

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1 month ago

Very nice views, even on a hazy day. Nice moderate trail. Took my wife and me about and hour in and out.

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2 months ago

Really great trail with 3 types of scenery: walking in the grassy plain of the mountain ridge, tight dense rhododendron path, and then a beautiful summit (great place to eat lunch)! Really enjoyed the amazing views at the summit and along the way!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great little hike with amazing views at the summit. The Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness areas are fantastic areas to hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Wind is howling all the time on the peak of the various balds. Outstanding vistas surround you as you progress through the knobs. Awesome area.

hiking
8 months ago

It definitely challenged my body for the uphill part to the summit. But I loved all the diverse landscapes along this and wow, so worth it! I definitely wanted to die near the end, but like I said, so worth it. If you're a true intermediate/advance hiker this will be no problem.