Cumberland Knob Recreation Area-Gully Creek Trail

Lowgap, North Carolina

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Cumberland Knob is where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway started on September 11, 1935. This is the high road’s first recreation area. At 2,860 feet, Cumberland Knob isn’t a spectacular peak, but the 1,000-acre enclave includes a nice day hike. The primary facilities are a large picnic area and a comfort station. The Gully Creek Trail explores a topographically intriguing watershed.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Cumberland Knob is where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway started on September 11, 1935. This is the high road’s first recreation area. At 2,860 feet, Cumberland Knob isn’t a spectacular peak, but the 1,000-acre enclave includes a nice day hike.

The primary facilities are a large picnic area and a comfort station. The Gully Creek Trail explores a topographically intriguing watershed.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lowgap
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 820 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best: May through October
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Rd., Asheville 28803-8686; (828) 271-4779; (828) 298-0398 (recorded information and mailing requests); nps.gov/blri
Local Maps: USGS Cumberland Knob, VA/NC. Download a parkway handout map of Linville Falls trails at the “Brochures” link on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website
Driving Directions: Directions to Cumberland Knob Recreation Area-Gully Creek Trail

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