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I hiked this trail a couple of months ago. The first half mile or so is very steep but once you get past that, it's a beautiful walk in the woods. It was busy with bear hunters the day I went, and they actually had a bear treed not far off the trail. I only gave it 3 stars because the view from the knob is very obstructed. The knob was a nice place to rest and have lunch, though.

The hike was great. Steep at first then leveled out with a few up and down moments. The overlook was a little disappointing. Couldn’t really see much because of how high the trees had grown around the knob area. But I got to hammock around the campfire area and eat my lunch so it turned out to be a good trip.

Nice little hike. The toughest part was the first half mile or so until you get to the top of the ridge line. Overlook at Kelly Knob was so-so. The morning we went we were in the clouds so the view was almost completely obstructed. Met three thru-hikers on the way. All-in-all it was a very nice hike.

The hardest part of the hike is the first mile in a half. Very Rigid and steep. After that it's very moderate and straight forward. The knobs view is slightly obstructed from the overgrown vegetation. Primitive Camping sites we're Ideally located and clean, Beautiful Moutain laurel flowers everywhere and friendly chipmunks scattering about.

Nice walk, wildflowers are not out yet.

Went with the VTWC Hiking Group on a cold January morning. It was a nice trail with some nice views but not dramatic overlooks. There is just one section with some overgrowth. Loved the drive out through Clover Hollow. Nice rocky climb up the AT from SR 601.

Pretty tough hike with a full overnight pack. Beautiful scenery with everything from open fields to thick woods. Loved it!

backpacking
Saturday, December 02, 2017

When I passed through here on Thanksgiving morning during a 335 mile AT section hike I found a big juicy half red half yellow apple someone had left at the overlook. It was delicious in leau of dried fruit trail mix for Thanksgiving dinner that night.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Trail was easy to find. Off Virginia 601, take the A.T. East up a steep climb for a half a mile. The Johns Creek Mt. Trail goes off the A.T. to the left. The trail has places where there is no path or blaze and you have to scout to find the trail. Ate lunch on top overlooking Gap Mt. to the south-east. I was surprised by a large black bear sliding out of a tree twenty-five feet from where I was sitting. It took off down the ridge, I decided it was time to go back. On the way back, I again heard the tell tale sound of a bear sliding down a tree and then the thump of it hitting earth. I did not see this one, which worried me more. What a day.
Mike Furey

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The first mile or so is straight uphill, then the top levels off. Great quick hike. Overlook faces west, don't make the same mistake I did.. and go for a sunset hike instead of a sunrise.

Tough hike uphill but totally worth it because of the beautiful view.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Thursday, September 24, 2015