Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,090.00 ft (332.23 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.15 mi (5.07 km)
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Blackstock Knob is a Southern Sixer located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although somewhat less impressive than its nearby neighbors such as Mount Mitchell, Blackstock Knob is still a prominent and deserving peak.

The most convenient access to Blackstock Knob is via Balsam Gap and the Walker Knob Overlook parking area. From this unassuming pullout off the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ll be able to connect with the Mountains to Sea Trail which leads directly over the top of Blackstock Knob.

Although only 1.5 miles to the summit, this is a proper hike as the trail gains a healthy amount of elevation rather quickly. As you climb through the thick balsam forest, enjoy the peace and quiet of this trail - you likely won’t see another hiker. The MST soon gains the ridge of Blackstock Knob and levels out a bit as it turns to the right and continues toward the summit. Every now and then you’ll get a small glimpse of some nearby peaks through the forest, but the best viewpoint awaits just before the summit of Blackstock Knob. From this viewpoint, just off trail and to the left, you’ll be able to see most of the major peaks in the Blacks including Mount Mitchell, Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone, Cattail and more.

Shortly thereafter you’ll reach the summit of Blackstock Knob, a likely uneventful moment as there is no view and only a small pile of rocks to mark the top. Enjoy a quick rest and return the way you came while enjoying the fact that it’s all downhill to your car!

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful dense forest. Short hike. Solitude.

Cons

Steep climb to summit. Limited views.

Trailhead Elevation

5,316.00 ft (1,620.32 m)

Highest point

6,335.00 ft (1,930.91 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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