6,040 ft / 1,841 m


360 ft / 110 m


16 summits

Top climbing months

October   29%

April   17%

March   11%

Most climbed route

Sam Knob trail


  • This short hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway access is relatively unknown compared to other hikes off the Parkway, yet is one of the best summits in the land.
  • The dual summits have grassy areas and rock ledges for plenty of picnic spots, and the views of the surrounding mountains are all encompassing.
  • An easy jaunt up to one of the best 6,000 foot summits in the South.
"Solo day hike hitting three Southern Sixers under sunny skies with passing clouds and mild temps. Followed the Flat Laurel Creek trail toward Sam Knob, passing by a couple of waterfalls and some excellent creek-side campsites along the way. Sam Knob has a double summit, so be sure to check out the views from both. Devil's Courthouse > MST > Mt. Hardy > Hwy 215 > Flat Laurel Creek Trail > Sam Knob > MST > Chestnut Bald > Devil's Courthouse Distance: 19.7 mi. Elevation Gain: 3929 ft." - WGMayo, Oct 1, 2016



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