Sam Knob

Asheville, North Carolina 28802

Sam Knob

Sam Knob Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike follows the Sam Knob Trail through an open meadow to the Sam Knob Summit Trail, where a short out-and-back provides terrific views of Black Balsam and Devil’s Courthouse. The route then takes Flat Laurel Creek Trail and parallels the flowing water to NC 215.

After a short road walk, the hike dives back into a hardwood forest on the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). The path then skirts the south side of Little Sam Knob before connecting back to the trailhead on the Little Sam Knob and Flat Laurel Creek trails."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Free and always open, but vehicle access to this hike is unavailable when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed. Check for real-time road closures.
5,823 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,073 feet
Top Elevation
Views, Wildflowers
Blue Ridge Parkway: 828-298-0398,; Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness: 828-257-4200,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District, USGS Sam Knob
Local Maps