About this event:
Loop hike, 9 miles round trip, rated moderate. Includes Sam’s Knob, Devil’s Courthouse, Black Balsam.
Starting at Sam’s Knob trailhead, we will ascend to the top located at the edge of the Shining Rock Wilderness where spectacular views await! A surprisingly nice, easy trail wraps around this mountain to its grassy, partly bald summit. At any time of year, enjoy one of the finest hikes and easiest true “summit” trails in the mountains! This is an excellent hike for a hot day; temperatures rarely climb above the mid 70’s since you start at one of the highest altitude trailheads in the region, at nearly 6000 ft. Next we’ll head to Devil’s Courthouse which presides over some of the most spectacular views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From the top of Devil’s Courthouse at 5,720 feet, hikers can see into South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee in a 360-degree panorama. Black Balsam Knob will finish off this loop and includes treeless mountaintop views that draw people from afar due to its sweeping view and alpine appearance.