Cumberland Knob Recreation Area-Mileposts 2175–2186

Lowgap, North Carolina

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Just below the Virginia–North Carolina line, a historical marker calls the Parkway “the first rural national parkway.” Less than a mile south, at Cumberland Knob, is the spot where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway started on September 11, 1935. Cumberland Knob’s information building and an atmospheric picnic shelter atop the knob are among the Parkway’s earliest structures. At just about 2,860 feet, Cumberland Knob isn’t a spectacular peak, but the 1,000-acre watershed makes a great day hike. Cumberland Knob’s primary facilities are a large picnic area and an information/comfort station.

Cumberland Knob Recreation Area-Mileposts 217.5–218.6 Professional Review and Guide

"Just below the Virginia–North Carolina line, a historical marker calls the Parkway “the first rural national parkway.” Less than a mile south, at Cumberland Knob, is the spot where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway started on September 11, 1935.

Cumberland Knob’s information building and an atmospheric picnic shelter atop the knob are among the Parkway’s earliest structures. At just about 2,860 feet, Cumberland Knob isn’t a spectacular peak, but the 1,000-acre watershed makes a great day hike. Cumberland Knob’s primary facilities are a large picnic area and an information/comfort station."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lowgap
Distance: 100 yards-2.5 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Maps: USGS Cumberland Knob, Virginia/North Carolina; Parkway handout map available online at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/cumberland-knob-trail.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Cumberland Knob Recreation Area-Mileposts 217.5–218.6

Recent Trail Reviews

1/27/2012
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Took the pooch along for the loop down into the valley and back out. Loved having the place all to ourselves in the winter. The return trip up certainly earned the strenuous rating. Really enjoyed the beautiful creek crossings in the valley. We went right after a good rain so the creek was gushing. Great day hike!



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