Sam Knob Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,393' 425 m
Descent: -1,402' -427 m
High: 6,062' 1,848 m
Low: 4,992' 1,522 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A great loop that goes to the top of Sam Knob, around to Devil's Courthouse, and back to the parking lot.”— Kristen Arendt
Continuing on, the trail follows a ridge, so there will be excellent views of a valley along much of the way. The Flat Laurel Creek Trail will cross a creek one more time, and then it will end at a parking lot. At this point, run up to the street, staying on the left side as you run up the road. Be on the lookout, because after about half a mile the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will cross the road, and you need to get on it!
From this point, the trail will be uphill. In about 1.5 miles, you'll come across an intersection and have the opportunity to go to the top of Devil's Courthouse. Past this, the run opens up into mostly meadows, providing great views of Sam Knob and Little Sam Knob as you run around them. Cross a creek once more, and head up to the top of the hill on the Flat Laurel Creek Trail where it ends at the parking lot where you started.
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Land Manager: USFS - Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District