Trail Run Project Logo

blue Green Knob Trail

  4.3 ( 20 ) Favorite

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer loop
80% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 464' 142 m
Descent: -463' -141 m
High: 3,870' 1,180 m
Low: 3,432' 1,046 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Alex Waterworth

A diverse trail with great views, open fields, and multiple creek crossings packed into 2.1 miles.

Alex Waterworth

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This trail features a variety of terrain packed into a moderately strenuous 2.3 miles. The trail changes dramatically along the way, featuring dense rhododendron tunnels, open pastures, creek crossings, small waterfalls and magnificent long range views of Grandfather Mountain.

Need to Know

Park at the Sims Pond overlook at mile post 295.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can also park at the Sim's Creek overlook at milepost 295.2 and take a short access trail to the main loop. Sturdy shoes/boots are a must. There are multiple creek crossings with slippery roots and rocky sections. There is a very steep 1/4-mile section around mile 2 which is treacherous when wet. Keep an eye out for bulls in the pasture.

Runner Notes

The creekside sections run through dense foliage with slippery rocks and roots, and some very steep areas.

Description

This 2.3-mile trail is one of the best short runs in the area. Start from the Sim's Pond overlook, with the recommended direction counter-clockwise. For the first mile or so, the trail winds around Sim's Pond and continues under the massive parkway bridge through rhododendron tunnels, several creek crossings and small waterfalls. The trail then follows the creek bed up the valley through dense foliage with lots of roots, rocks, and a few steep sections.

Around the 1.2 mile mark, the trail opens into a magnificent pasture as it winds to the top of Green Knob. The Pasture is stunning, but long range views are limited due to the surrounding trees. From here, the trail returns to the forest and descends back down to Sim's Pond with a great view of Grandfather Mountain. This stretch contains an extremely steep section that can be treacherous when wet.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Flora & Fauna, History & Background

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Land Manager: Blue Ridge Parkway

Rate This Featured Run

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In

Check-Ins

May 30, 2019
Mike D
10mi

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 20 votes

#547

Overall
  4.3 from 20 votes
5 Star
35%
4 Star
60%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Featured Run Rankings

#547

Overall
183 Views Last Month
3,462 Since May 30, 2015
Intermediate Intermediate

6%
17%
56%
22%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running