February 25, 2018
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
Sometime you stumble upon a trail that blows you away. Green Knob Trail is perfect for out-of-town guests, families or those wanting a stunning loop hike for two (2) miles.
This little power-punch of a hike has a little bit of everything Southern Appalachian; moss-covered stones and green foliage enveloped creek crossings, a huge viaduct, gorgeous fields with a single track, lovely high elevation woods, and an incredible view of Grandfather Mountain.
Starting at Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) milepost 295.2, we ventured around Sims Pond before stopping at countless little creeks. Alice picked to throw little stones into the water, “Dada, watch this!” Approaching moss on a tree, she stopped and touched it, “It’s soooo soft.” As we walked the sky grew darker, the wind picked up. Soon my little wanderer wanted only to be carried. The ominous wind spooked her, but as soon as we reached the sprawling fields, she ran free.
As we approached the BRP and saw the car, she reached to the sky and said, “We did it. Dada we did it!” I love the enthusiasm that she brings to hiking. It’s contagious.
Total mileage is 2.17 miles.