Cumberland Knob Hiking Trails

August 09, 2022 Update:

The Cumberland Knob picnic, parking, and trail areas will experience partial closures throughout summer, 2022 for pavement preservation operations. Partial closures are also expected August 16-19, 23-26, and August 30-September 02 while contracting crews repair and replace picnic benches as part of a larger Parkway effort to improve visitor services at overlooks, picnic areas, and NPS facility parking lots. Visit Road and Facility Closures - Blue Ridge Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) for current closure information.


Cumberland Knob Trail

Cumberland Knob Trail is just right for those visitors who want to stretch their legs after a long drive on the 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 a good trail for taking 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. Allow two hours.
 
map of the trails in the Cumberland Knob area

Last updated: August 10, 2022

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