Rocky Knob - Milepost 167

white rhododendron flowers tinged with pink
Rosebay rhododendron is a common sight on Rocky Knob's trails in late spring and early summer.

Kristina Plaas photo

Venture into one of the Parkway’s more rugged areas at Rocky Knob. Hike through forests, explore mountain ridges, or enjoy spring wildflowers and rhododendrons. Spend the night in the backcountry (permit required). However adventurous you’re feeling, Rocky Knob has something to offer.

At a Glance:

  • Visitor Center
  • Campground
  • Backcountry camping
  • Picnic area
  • Hiking

Points of Interest:

Visitor Center: Stop by to ask a question or pick up a map. Open only on weekends during the season; check the opening schedule for specific dates.

Sleeping and Eating:

Rocky Knob Campground: Spend a night under the stars in this 109-site campground. See our camping page for more information. Campground open seasonally; check the opening schedule for specific dates.

Backcountry Camping: For the more adventurous, spend a night at the designated backcountry camping site in Rock Castle Gorge. Check the backcountry camping page for permits and regulations.

Rocky Knob Picnic Area: Brown-bag it and grab a table at the 72-site picnic area. The picnic area offers tables, charcoal grills, and comfort stations. Open seasonally; check the opening schedule for specific dates.

Things to Do:

Hike a Trail: Take an easy walk on the Rocky Knob Picnic Area trail or venture deep into nature on the Rock Castle Gorge trail. Read more about the Rocky Knob trails and remember to Leave no Trace.

Last updated: February 3, 2017

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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


828 348-3400

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