Cumberland Knob - Member Hike

Hike Name: Cumberland Knob
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Mount Airy
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 217.
Total Hike Distance: 2.60 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Parking lot
Trails Used: Gully Creek Trail and Cumberland Knob Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: The Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 271-4779
Best Season: Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Cumberland Knob Recreational Area was the birth place of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway started here in 1935 and Cumberland Knob was the first recreational area on the parkway. For the hike, start in the parking lot and head towards the comfort station. In front of the comfort station, go left. Follow the Gully Creek Trail down with switchbacks for about 3/4 mile. When you reach Gully Creek, you will pass a few small waterfalls. This area is tricky as it was very damp and I slipped as I was crossing rocks a few times. After walking for about a mile, the incline starts. Follow the ascending switchbacks until you get to a fork in the trail. I chose to climb up to Cumberland Knob (at 2,860 feet) to the left, which added .1 of a mile to my trek. It was very uneventful and I can only assume that I was on the peak where the rest shelter was. There were no spectacular views and it was very anti-climatic. The rest of the way was a flat and a quick .2 mile jaunt to the picnic area. It was a nice day hike and I had a wonderful Father's day with my dog, but there were only a few obstructed views of the surrounding mountains. Great to be outdoors and good exercise, but uneventful.



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