Tompkins Knob Trail is a hiking trail in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 3,656 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 177 feet. The Cascades Picnic Area picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also parkings. The Jesse Brown Cabin, Cool Springs Baptist Church, and Spring House attractions can be seen along the trail.
Tompkins Knob Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A trail through a wonderful white pine forest inspires appreciation for early mountain structures. This pleasant path offers a choice between a stroll to three interesting historic structures and a longer walk to the picnic area at the nearby parking for the Cascades Trail. You could include the Cascades for an even longer hike.The shorter stroll is highlighted by intriguing structures from the late nineteenth century—a cabin, an adjacent springhouse, and a shelter that served as a rustic church (don’t expect a steeple). No elaborate living-history displays take place here, and there’s no popular Parkway concession area nearby—just quiet aplenty to imagine life more than a hundred years ago."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides).
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