Today we headed up onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked the Green Knob Trail. I’d call this a moderate hike. It’s a loop hike and is approximately 2 1/2 miles. I suggest that you start the hike around Sims Pond, and then come out of the woods about 100 feet south of the parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Going this way, the climb up is more gradual, where if you went in the other way, you’d be climbing some pretty steep hills. I would also suggest not hiking this immediately after a rain. When you walk down the steep hills, it would be very slippery because as you are coming down, there’s not a lot of places to step that would give you traction.
But, as for the hike. It was nice. This is actually one of my favorite trails. We started out walking around Sims Pond. You eventually come upon a creek that you will follow for a little ways. I’m thinking that we may have had to cross creeks maybe 8 times. But, it hadn’t rained in a few days, so they were easy to cross. You then walk under the Blue Ridge Parkway and start a section of the trail that I bet is absolutely beautiful in the spring. Rhododendrons bushes everywhere. You eventually arrive at a fence line where you will walk through the fence into a huge meadow. You take the trail through the meadow to the top of the hill, and take a sharp left and head down what seems to be an old road probably used by a previous farmer. You start back through the woods and then come into a smaller meadow. You walk across that meadow and go through another fence. You are now back in the woods and ready to take the steep walk down the hill. After a good downhill walk, you come to an area with a bench where there is a beautiful view of Calloway Peak. They view is probably much more beautiful in the fall / winter when the leaves are not on the trees. After you enjoy the view, it’s not much further out to the parkway. Be careful crossing the parkway, and then arrive back at your vehicle.
Here are a few photos from that excursion. Run your cursor over each for a brief description.