Strawberry Knob Trail #217H


The Strawberry Knob Trail starts at the Beech Gap Trailhead at the North Carolina/Tennessee State Line on the Cherohala Skyway.   Hikers are advised to park just east on the Skyway at the Unicoi Overlook Parking Area and to follow the signed Benton MacKaye Trail to the start of the Strawberry Knob Trail due to parking limitations at the Beech Gap Trailhead.    The Strawberry Knob Trail is a hiking and equestrian trail, and commonly used by horseback riders  as an entrance to the Citico Creek Wilderness in Tennessee.

Trail Length: 2.1 Miles

Difficulty:  Easy

Usage: Moderate

Average Hiking Times:  One Hour either way

The Strawberry Knob Trail is a pleasant, high elevation (4,500 foot) trail that follows a gravel forest road north from the Cherohala Skyway.  Easy to hike, with some great views, this trail is a major entry point into either the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness or the Citico Creek Wilderness.

The trail is actually part of the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Fodderstack Trail, and follows the state line and actually continues past Strawberry Knob, ending at a major trail junction at Cold Spring Gap.  At that point, Trail 105 South Fork Citico Creek Trail, leaves steeply downhill to the northwest.  The Fodderstack Trail (#95) leaves straight ahead, heading north.  Trail 154A (Benton MacKaye/Stratton Bald Alternate) heads uphill to the northeast, and an old forest service road continues to the southeast, eventually leading to Swan Cabin. 



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