Green Knob Trail

At A Glance

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3.3 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.3 (More Difficult)
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Very Rough
Blaze Color: White
Trail Number: 182
Other Map ID: BRP MP 295.9

This trail is located in the Black Mountains & Toe River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Black Mountains & Toe River trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:


This trail follows a ridge line to the Green Knob Lookout Tower at 5,090 feet. The trail is very steep and gets rocky so some minor scrambling is required. The trail provides amazing views of this beautiful mountainous region. After 2.8 miles the trail reaches the Green Knob Lookout Tower on the right side.

From the tower the trail descends for 0.5 mile with switchbacks to the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the portion most people hike to reach the tower. Parking is at the Green Knob overlook at milepost 350.5. The trailhead is about 100 yards north of the overlook. Look for the sign post marking the trail in the dense forest.

Formerly known as the Lost Cove Ridge trail.

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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:

Green Ridge - River Loop - MST

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.29 mi

Green Ridge - River Loop

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 481 ft

Green Ridge

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 2.4 mi

Green Ridge - To Lookout Tower

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 176 ft

Green Ridge - Parkway to Summit

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.35 mi

Total Calculated Length: 3.16 mi

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

Intersecting Trails

  • River Loop
  • Mountains to Sea Section 4
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