Sam Knob Trail

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..

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

Details At a Glance

Overall Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.07mi
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
USGS/USFS Number: 617
Allowed Uses: Hiking
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.

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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: 0.6 mi

Flat Laurel Creek to Meadow

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.4 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

Intersecting Trails

  • Sam Knob Summit
  • Flat Laurel Creek
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