Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will be leading a moderate, 3-mile hike to the summit of Sam Knob in the Pisgah National Forest tomorrow. The hike begins at 10 a.m. and will climb roughly 620 feet to an elevation of 6,040 feet.
The popular trail leads through alpine-like terrain of northern hardwood forests and open meadows to a "bald" summit that offers outstanding 360-degree views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hikers should bring a snack, water, sunscreen, wear good hiking shoes, and be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
The hike will begin from the Black Balsam Parking Area located at the end of Forest Service Road 816, roughly one mile south of Graveyard Fields near Milepost 420.
Please note that the Blue Ridge Parkway is temporarily closed from Wagon Road Gap at Milepost 412 to the Graveyard Fields Parking Overlook at Milepost 418 through Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 (to conduct storm debris removal and hazardous tree work). Your best bet for reaching the trailhead is to access the BRP at Balsam Gap near MP 440, or at Beech Gap, via Rt. 215, near MP 423.
For additional information on the hike, call the BRP Visitor Center at 828-298-5330, ext. 304. For more information on all trails on the BRP, please click here.