Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Green Knob

Drive Guide - Green Knob from Mt Pisgah

(This is CM-023 with no fire tower near Mt Pisgah – NOT CM-020 with a fire tower near Mt Mitchell. Mnemonic “On 023, it’s just me.”)

  • Duration: 0:15
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Blue Ridge Parkway closed in the winter. Check the BRP Closure Map.
  • Directions:
    • Head back to the parkway 0.3 miles
    • L on BRP and go 6.9
    • Park on roadside at 35.34742, -82.80712 - BRP MM 414.5
      • Park in grassy pullout on the side of the road.
      • Trailhead is on RIGHT

Drive Guide - Green Knob from Black Balsam Knob

(This is CM-023 near Mt Pisgah – NOT CM-020 near Mt Mitchell)

  • Duration: 0:15
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/vsOTN
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Blue Ridge Parkway closed in the winter
  • Directions:
    • Head back toward the parkway 0.7 miles
    • L on BRP and go 5.7.
    • Park on roadside at 35.34742, -82.80712 - BRP MM 414.5
      • Park in grassy pullout on the side of the road.
      • Trailhead is on LEFT.

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0:50 up, 0:25 down, 0.7 miles
  • Navigation
    • Easy to follow trail, once you locate the trailhead. Grassy forest trail. Not heavily used or eroded.
    • There is a “false summit” just before the summit. Cross the false summit, pass through some rocks/rhodadendron, and find the true summit on the ridge after.
  • Trailhead altitude: About 4440’ @ 35.34742, -82.80712
  • Summit altitude: 5056’ @ 35.357, -82.8009
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Park at 35.34742, -82.80712 (BRP MM 414.5)
      • Trailhead is marked by a small, foot tall concrete post, in a grassy shoulder big enough to park 2-3 cars.
      • CAUTION: There’s a post on the other side of the road about 100’ away. Make sure you are on the correct side of the road. (Nominally the west side; geographically the north side.)

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Y
  • Space to guy mast: Y
  • Cell coverage: 2015: VZN and AT&T SMS worked and AT&T had internet. 2016: AT&T SMS worked and internet was intermittent.

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