High Peaks Offers Rare Chance to Glimpse Fall Colors from Green Knob Fire Tower


With the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service, the NC High Peaks Trail Association will offer a rare opportunity to glimpse fall colors from the Green Knob Fire Tower off the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Normally locked because of the threat of vandalism, this historic fire tower offers tremendous 360-degree views of Mt. Mitchell, the South Toe River Valley, the Linville Gorge profile and the Piedmont, all as the fall colors are reaching their peak.

High Peaks members will staff the tower, which is being opened under a special use permit from the Forest Service.

To join in the fun, park at the Green Knob Overlook at Milepost 350.5 on the Parkway. Walk carefully North along the Parkway’s right-hand shoulder about 150 yards until you see the Green Knob Trail, marked by brown vertical sign, which will be across the Parkway from you.

Please be extremely careful of traffic as you walk along and cross the parkway to the trailhead! The stroll up to the fire tower is about a quarter-mile, but has some rocky, uneven footing and includes a climb of about 300 hundred feet.

Once on top of the knob, turn left at a trail junction toward the tower. You will then have to climb a steep staircase to reach the tower platform.

If you have any questions contact John Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217. As always, please check the High Peaks Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.

Photo info: Get views like this on Oct. 21 when High Peaks hosts a chance to visit the Green Knob Fire Tower near the Blue Ridge Parkway.