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Green Knob in the Middle Prong Wilderness

Green Knob is north of Mt Hardy and one of the higher peaks in the Middle Prong Wilderness.  It offers views to the east, west, and south from it's grassy south slope.  The hike for the most part is along the ridge crest of Fork Ridge and passes through a number of small beech gaps and one of the southern most stands of Spruce-Fir Forest in the eastern US.  Along the way there are views to all directions.  This area is just across Hwy 215 from the much more used and abused Shining Rock Wilderness.  We will start from the Rough Butt Knob Overlook  (yes I screwed up and wrote big butt, thanks Nancy) on the Blue Ridge Parkway and take part of the Mountains to the Sea Trail to gain the crest of the ridge.  This will be an out and back hike.   The MTS trail should offer wildflowers and always has small waterfalls and springs.  Once on the ridge we will head north on a trail that stays on the top of the ridge but is not so easy to follow.  For that reason this hike is for experienced hikers.  The elevation gain is only 600 feet over about 6 1/2 to 7 miles but I will rate this hike moderate to difficult.  This hike is above 5300 feet and temps can range from warm to chilly on any given day.  Bring food, water, a camera.  We will take time for photos.  Dogs are welcome. 

Forest Service regulations limit group size to 10 people.  I have set up a waiting list so if you rsvp yes and change your mind to no, repost no asap so someone else can go.

Meet up at 10:00, we will leave at 10:15, please be on time.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fred, I heard about the drama! You're a great hike leader - it's unfortunate that others aren't able to take accountability for themselves.

    May 2, 2011

  • Sammy F.

    Lovely hike on a lovely day. Nice streams and wildflowers, and great views from viewpoints and the meadow. Thanks for organizing it, Fred. I thought the description of a "moderate to difficult" 6-7 mile hike "for experienced hikers" was accurate, although I was thinking that it could have been closer to 8 miles.

    April 25, 2011

  • Fred I.

    When reading any desription of any hike make sure you understand what the words "experinced hikers" and "difficult" mean before you rsvp yes.

    2 · April 25, 2011

  • Denise

    I had a splendid time. Enjoyed the stops to gaze at wildflowers and learn more about the forest from Fred. I have a great appreciation for organizers on Meetup. Hike to Green Knob is a gem and would of never discovered this one on my own.

    1 · April 24, 2011

  • Glenn C

    A good hike, well described, good fun, marvelous afternoon, yay Middle Prong ...

    April 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hike description said 600' elevation gain. It was AT LEAST 3 or 4 times that. Breakneck speed of hike, hike leader oblivious to the point of abusive of hikers' needs to catch up AND have a breather. Left me behind, lost on several occasions, leader with NO awareness where the trail is confusing to those of us not jogging and keeping up. Hikes like this invite disaster for unsuspecting hikers. BEWARE! Worst hike of my life.

    April 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This hike offered so much variety....I loved it. Thanks, Fred!

    April 23, 2011

  • Glenn C

    Another enjoyable Middle Prong hike. Nice variety in terrain, nice easy climb from 5300 to 5900 and back again. Great photography breaks --waterfalls, wildflowers, overlooks, the meadow. Moderate yet comfortable pace. Thanks, Fred, count me in any time...

    April 23, 2011

  • Cheryl

    Hi Fred - I live in Mills River so would like to meet you at the overlook rather than drive into Asheville. What time do you estimate arriving there?

    April 23, 2011

  • Fred I.

    Sorry about the mix-up I did write Big Butt Knob Overlook, but we start at the Rough Butt Knob Overlook !

    April 22, 2011

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