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Bald Knob Ridge Trail To Pinnacle - Pisgah National Forest, NC

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
7.2 mls N/A
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3 hours and 45 minutes with 45 minutes of breaks
1,780 ft
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Park at the trailhead. 35.71127, -82.25047

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins ()

The Bald Knob Ridge Trail is located in a remote area of the South Toe River Gorge, miles south of the popular Black Mountain Campground in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. In the shadow of the Black Mountains, this trail gently climbs Bald Knob Ridge through beautiful forests. Although lacking in views, the gradient and variety of landscapes makes the hike a worthwhile destination on its own. However, if you walk south 0.2-mi on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can take the short Pinnacle Trail to cap your hike with incredible views. Pinnacle, at 5,665 feet, is encompassed by the Great Craggy Mountains to the west, and the Black Mountains to the north. Although this peak is easy to access from the parkway, you’ll probably have the mountain to yourself at any time of the year. At 7.2 miles this hike may appear long and difficult, but the only steep section is the short summit hike to Pinnacle.

Seasonal Access – South Toe River Road/FR 472 is gated late Fall to early Spring at the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection and the Black Mountain Campground. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also closed frequently throughout the winter season in this high elevation region, typically from NC 80 in the east to Elk Mountain Scenic Highway in the west. Access to either trailhead from November to March is unlikely because of these closures.

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