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Green Knob Lookout Tower - Pisgah National Forest, NC

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
5.9 mls N/A N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
3 hours and 30 minutes with 50 minutes of breaks
2,070 ft
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Park at the hikers lot at the entrance of the Black Mountain Campground.
35.75120, -82.22012

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

The picturesque lookout tower on Green Knob provides stunning views of the Black Mountains. This hike follows the Green Knob Trail, which begins at the Black Mountain Campground and climbs over 2,000 feet along Lost Cove Ridge to reach the summit. While most of the hikers in this area will be trudging up to Mt. Mitchell, you might have this trail to yourself. Before you reach the summit you’ll pass by a nice viewpoint of the South Toe River Valley. The tower lies just south of the summit where the exact elevation is unknown, just above 5,080 ft. Built in 1931, this is one of the nicer lookout towers in the state. Unfortunately, the top cab is locked unless you are on a guided hike. You can still climb the stairs to get great views of the Hickory Nut and Swannanoa Mountains to the south, Graybeard Mountain and Pinnacle to the west, and the Black Mountains dominating the northwest horizon.

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Green Knob Lookout Tower Hike Comments
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By: Justin Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 24, 2019
This hike ends with stunning views for miles. The breathtaking scenery is almost worth the sometimes vertical scrambles uphill. I think that the fallen leaves causing traction issues for the entire trail might have added to the danger and difficulty so choose a warmer month to take on this shorter but slow moving hike.
Overall this is an awesome hike for experienced and prepared hikers. Trekking poles are a must.

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