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Green Knob(Middle Prong)

Green Knob(Middle Prong)

Green Knob(Middle Prong)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: North Carolina, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.33100°N / 82.922°W

Object Title: Green Knob(Middle Prong)

Elevation: 5900 ft / 1798 m


Page By: BobSmith

Created/Edited: Apr 12, 2005 / Oct 29, 2010

Object ID: 153929

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Green Knob is on the high elevation ridge that looms across the gorge from Sam Knob and the highlands of Shining Rock. Located deep in the Middle Prong Wilderness, it represents the rare ecosystems afforded by the peaks that loom at, or above, the 6,000 foot mark in the North Carolina high country. If you are searching for solitude, then Green Knob should be on your list of wild places to visit. Middle Prong Wilderness was created, in part, to take off some of the pressure of overuse on the adjacent Shining Rock Wilderness. Just as impressive in most ways, and even more so in others (actually higher peaks), most people still seem to prefer Shining Rock for its wealth of open country, and so Middle Prong offers rare solitude and true roadless silence.

Looking toward Richland...

As with so many eastern peaks, the name of this one is repeated for other mountains. In fact, there is another "Green Knob" just a few miles away in the next quadrangle. There are eight "Green Knobs" in the southeast, including four in North Carolina.

Getting There

Most people gain access to Middle Prong Wilderness and Green Knob via the Green Mountain Trail from the Moutains to the Sea Trail, which can be accessed from where the MTSTrail crosses 215 (near the intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a short connector trail to MTS via a point south of the Parkway/215 intersection. You can also catch the Green Mountain Trail at Sunburst National Forest Campground on 215, at the base of the peak, for a thigh-burning climb of about 3,000 feet over the top of Green Knob to the intersection with MTSTrail.

Map of the route I took to...

Red Tape

None. The peak is located deep within the Middle Prong Wilderness Area. No parties over ten are allowed. No fires are allowed. Violations of these rules will be prosecuted.

My campsite on an open meadow...

When To Climb

All year. Access to Middle Prong Wilderness trailheads can be limited during times of heavy snow, when both the Parkway and 215 can be blocked.

Self-portrait at the National...


Camping is allowed in the wilderness. Do not camp at a water source, no parties over ten, no open fires. Be aware that this is prime bear habitat. Take all precautions for bears.

View along the ridge of Green...

Mountain Conditions

Check the weather for here, for Mount Mitchell, which is some miles north, but has similar weather.

Late in the afternoon, as the...

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