Sam Knob Trail, Flat Laurel Creek Trail,
Little Sam Knob Trail, and Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Picture of Sam Knob

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Date Hiked: 11/16/91

Length: 7.6 miles

Type: Loop

Difficulty: 3 (mainly due to poor footing)

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white on Mountains-to-Sea Trail, no blaze on other trails

Main Features: views of Sam Knob and nearby areas

Animals: fox, deer, crows, shrew, barred owl, robin, rabbit, ruffed grouse

Location: Middle Prong Wilderness, North Carolina

Drive north on highway 215 from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drive 0.4 miles and park in the gravel parking area on the left. Just beyond this parking lot, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) comes in on the right. That's where your hiking loop will end. Walk down 215 away from the BRP for 0.3 miles to a gravel road on the right. This is the Sam Knob Trail.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 60 feet to the stream at 0.4 miles
Ascend 735 feet to high point at 4.4 miles
Descend 675 feet to car
Total Ascent: 735 feet

0.0 car
walk down 215 away from the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP)
0.3 turn right onto the Sam Knob Trail (not blazed or signed)
0.4 stream crossing
1.1 cross concrete bridge with waterfall on right
2.0 views on left

Note: Somewhere between 2.7 and 3.1 miles, Sam Knob Trail veers left
off of the road you are on. If you stay on the road you will be on Flat
Laurel Creek Trail which is what you want.

3.0 stream crossing
3.2 turn right on Little Sam Knob Trail
(this is a hard turn to recognize since it is not blazed and
there are numerous unnamed trails in the same area)
3.7 potentially wet stream crossing
4.4 high point with big tree and Sam Knob straight ahead
4.9 turn right on MST (white blazes)
5.2 turn right across little bridge to stay on MST
(unmarked trail to Devil's Courthouse continues straight here)
7.0 potentially wet stream crossing
7.6 turn left on highway 215
car on right


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