Cumberland Knob Trail
Cumberland Knob Trail is just right for those visitors who want to stretch their legs after a long drive on the blue ridge parkway . For an easy one-half mile walk, take the paved trail that starts near the gray structure that served as the Parkway's first concession stand. The trail loops through the picnic area to the Cumberland Knob Overlook shelter. (This shelter provides refuge from summer showers, but is not for overnight camping.) The elevation change is only 100 feet, making this one of the better hiking trails for bringing along younger children.
Gully Creek Trail
Gully Creek Trail is strenuous but rewards hikers with views of a delightful mountain stream and the many plants that live along its cool, damp banks. The vegetation here contrasts sharply with that of the dryer mountain slopes. Hikers can begin at the old concession stand, although it may be easier to start from the Cumberland Knob Trail loop. Hike time may take around two hours to complete depending on your walking pace.
Cumberland Knob area sign.