High Peaks Birders Host Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower April 14


Join the High Peaks Birders for a special treat on Saturday, April 14 when they host an open house at the Green Knob Fire Tower off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The tower – normally locked and inaccessible – will be open to all comers from 8 a.m. until Noon.

The tower offers tremendous views of Mt. Mitchell, the Black Mountains and the South Toe River Valley. The event also comes at the height of the spring bird migration, when millions of birds sweep north from their wintering areas in Central and South America through the Appalachians on their way to northern breeding grounds.

Parking will be at the Green Knob Overlook, Mile 350.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The access trail to the tower starts from the Parkway about 100 yards north of the overlook and is marked by a sign and a rustic set of steps with a handrail.

Please be extremely careful walking along and crossing the Parkway, as passing drivers often speed or are distracted by the scenery. The trail to the tower is about a half-mile long but involves several hundred feet of climbing on rough footing. Although short, it is not suitable for the elderly or those in poor physical condition.

Please wear layers of warm clothes as it can be quite windy and cold on the tower. Depending on the forecast, rain gear is also advisable.

Although the tower will open at 8 a.m., birders are welcome to come earlier.