Get Outside

Take a hike, ride a trail, or paddle our rivers and high-elevation mountain lakes

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Stay Awhile

Shop and dine in our local communities, and explore our culture

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What Is High Knob?

Learn more about our region and its place in the southern and central Appalachians

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High Knob is located at the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains at an elevation of 4,223¬†feet above sea level. Deep within the Jefferson National Forest, “The Knob” can most easily be reached by way of State Route 619, a one-lane road that connects Fort Blackmore, Virginia¬†and the City of Norton. SR-619 leaves the City of Norton and climbs the north side of the mountain via a paved road, while the route ascends the opposite side of the mountain from the south via a dirt-gravel portion of SR-619. The High Knob Tower and USDA Forest Service High Knob Recreation Area (camping, swimming, fishing, paddling, and hiking) are reached by a short drive down USFS Road 238, which leaves SR-619 near the mountain’s summit. Use the map below to explore the Knob and the many communities and attractions in the immediate region.