CUMBERLAND KNOB TRAIL
Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob at milepost 217.5, elevation 2,885 feet, was the first recreational area completed on the Blue Ridge Parkway back in 1937. On the 1,000 acres at Cumberland Knob you can picnic, hike, listen to interpretive talks by rangers or simply marvel at the view. A pleasant 20-minute loop, the Cumberland Knob Trail is an easy paved walk of only a half-mile, starts at the visitor center, swings through a picnic area and up to the Cumberland Knob overlook shelter. This is a good leg-stretching trail, especially if youíve been riding the Parkway without a stop. Itís a good one for kids too. For those wanting a bit more...try the two-hour loop trail from the center into Gulley Creek Gorge. Drinking water, restrooms, a book shop and a public telephone are available. Woodlands and open fields, housing a variety of birds and other wildlife, are ideal for leisurely walks or a more demanding hike to nearby Gully Creek. 

THINGS TO DO:

  • Trails - There are two trails accessible from the visitor center that range from easy to strenuous. The Cumberland Knob Trail is a 20-minute stroll through a mixed hardwood forest. The more serious hiker will find the Gully Creek Trail a greater challenge.
  • Fishing - There is fishing available in the Chestnut Creek area, mileposts 215 - 217. Anyone with a valid Virginia or North Carolina fishing license is welcome, but please check at the visitor center for any special regulations.
 
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