Green Knob Dog Friendly Trail: This little traveled 2.1-mile Green Knob Trail loop winds from a pond and stream to high meadows with great views. The variety of terrain on this trail has everything from lakeshore swim potential (starting or ending), a nice stream for drinks half way to the top, and then wide open meadows with great views of Grandfather Mountain. Be aware, there’s thistle in the fields.
Directions from Boone: From the US 321-221/NC 105 junction, take US 321 N 5.8 miles to right on to Parkway. Go south 4.1 miles to Sims Pond Overlook (MP 295.9). Head off across the pond’s dam to start. Near the end, you’ll reach the Parkway where you’ll cross the road and walk left back to the overlook.