Sam Knob Trail

At A Glance


1.07 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.44
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Lowest Elevation: 5420
Highest Elevation: 6075
Total Elevation Gain: 655
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 617
Hikes That Use This Trail: Sam Knob, Flat Laurel Creek


Fantastic, high elevation trail. Starts at the Flat Laurel Creek trail and travels to the summit of Sam Knob. Blueberries abound in season. Short, high-elevation hardwood forest near the bottom, then heath balds and grassy areas near the top. At the summit, the trail forks and goes to both the north and south high points on the knob. Both directions end at overlooks offering spectacular views of the Middle Prong, Shining Rock, and Black Balsam areas.

Intersecting Trails

  • Sam Knob Summit
  • Flat Laurel Creek
  • This trail is located in the Black Balsam area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Black Balsam trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Meadow to Summit

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.58 mi

    Flat Laurel Creek to Meadow

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.41 mi

    Summit Split to North Summit Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 476 ft

    Summit Split to South Summit Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 313 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 1.14 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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