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The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 350.4 - Green Knob Overlook

Green Knob Overlook is located just beyond Mt. Mitchell at Milepost 350.4.  Unbeknownst to my wife and I when we visited here in 2010, about 100 yards north of the overlook is a trail that leads to a lookout fire tower.  The trail is a little over one half mile length and is easily overlooked.  The tower was built in 1931, staffed into the 1970s, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

View from the Green Knob Overlook

Another hike is accessible via the Green Knob Overlook.  The 4.1 mile (one-way) Snooks Nose Trail begins here.  This rather difficult hike connects the overlook to the Curtis Creek Campground.  Snooks Nose is about halfway point of the trail.

The start of the Snooks Nose Trail at the Green Knob Overlook.

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Unknown said…
Stopped at Green Knob Overlook today, Monday, April 22, 3:30 PM. Looking I believe SE, I saw a shimmering, bright orange disk in a cloudless sky, perhaps 10-15 degrees about the horizon, just hanging, not moving. After about 15 minutes, it was gone. Anybody know what this is? I'm not crazy and I'm not making this up. Other people stopped at the overlook saw it too.

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