Tompkins Knob Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Purlear, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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2 months ago

We like combining this with the trail to Cascades trail. We park at Tompkins Knob and hike through the falls and back. Takes about 90 minute with young kids. Good for kids.

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2 months ago

Good trail, low grade hills. Just had a baby two weeks ago & the hills were not too strenuous for me. Not amazing views but really enjoyed the hike. The turn around at the end was abrupt just for anyone who doesn’t see that this is not in fact a loop trail.

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10 months ago

My gps is kind of screwy but I did the out and back with my son.

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Sat Apr 06 2019

Short and mellow hike. Combine with the Cascades loop trail for a great out-and-back hike that is approx. 2 miles (just continue through the Cascades trail parking lot to the trailhead past the restrooms).

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Sat Oct 06 2018

Combine with Cascades for sure.

Sat Apr 28 2018

short, sweet, and nice way to stretch your legs.

Sun Apr 22 2018

Easy trail for someone who wants a short hike or in my case learning to hike again. A couple places to rest. Very peaceful and mostly flat.

Sat Apr 14 2018

Cool, short hike. Old structures still standing from early settlers. Recommend taking the connecting trail to cascades.

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Sat Jan 06 2018

Would only recommend if you go all the way to the Cascades. We connected two short trails (Tompkins Knob and Cascades) to make a nice little hour long hike. The Cascades were gorgeous all frozen over in early January. Liked adding Tompkins on just to add a little to the hike. Very easy hike for all ages and ability levels. The Cascades are the highlight here though. So if you just want a really short journey, drive a mile up the road and visit the Cascades from their own parking lot.

Sat Oct 07 2017

easy and we'll maintained, however the best view is in the parking lots

Sun Aug 06 2017

Very easy walk and well maintained. Too close to road for my liking and not much to see along the way except a few old buildings.

Sat Jan 14 2017

it was an ok trail really easy and flat woodland.

Sun Oct 23 2016

A relatively flat, wooded trail. Definitely don't miss out on continuing on to Cascade Falls.

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Tue Oct 11 2016

By itself, a nice short walk in the woods. No views and it can be noisy, as it follows the Blue Ridge Parkway closely (but mostly below and out of sight). But there is a picturesque old log cabin. And the trail works well with the Cascades Falls Trail if you would like to add an extra 1.2 miles to your hike.

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recorded Tompkins Knob Trail

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