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Huckleberry Knob

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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  • Butterflies fill the air in the summer on Huckleberry Knob, while the Turk's cap lilies and other wildflowers line the trail.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Trail entrance.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Bee balms line the trail in the late summer.- Huckleberry Knob
  • A furry friend travels along the trail.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Andy Sherman's grave is on Huckleberry Knob. Sherman passed away in the winter of 1899 amidst the snow and fog.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Walking into the clouds on Huckleberry Knob.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Huckleberry Knob offers a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Even on a hazy day the views are incredible.- Huckleberry Knob
  • The trail leads you over the hills and through the woods to Huckleberry Knob.- Huckleberry Knob
  • Once you've reached your destination, sit back, relax and enjoy the view.- Huckleberry Knob
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic views. Historical significance. Wildflowers. Camping opportunities.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,560.00 ft (1,694.69 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located in the Unicoi Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Huckleberry Knob is one of the most history-filled and tranquil spots in the Appalachian Mountains. Just down the Cherohala Skyway, near the Tennessee and North Carolina state line, this short but breathtaking hike is popular among the locals, but rarely busy. In the summer months, you'll find wildflowers such as bee balm, Turk's cap lilies and more lining the trail. You'll find butterflies leading the way and a cool breeze as you make your way up the path. You'll first reach Oak Knob, another spot with panoramic views. However, this is not your destination. Make your way through the meadow and to the next set of woods, which is your tunnel to Huckleberry Knob. You'll know that you've reached Huckleberry Knob when you see a large white cross to your left.

The white cross marks the grave of Andy Sherman. Sherman died on Huckleberry Knob in 1899, beside his friend Paul O'Neil, as snow and fog surrounded them. In 1952, Captain Donald Moede crashed his F-51 plane into Huckleberry Knob, about 200 feet under the summit. It is said that pieces of the plane still lie there for those that wish to explore more. Once you stand on the summit of Huckleberry Knob, take in the 360-degree view. Looking out over the mountains, taking in a sunrise or sunset, seeing the patchwork colors of autumn or the never-ending fields of wildflowers makes this a spot to not miss. Huckleberry Knob is truly a slice of heaven placed perfectly in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. 

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