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.