Buncombe County High Point Trip Report
Author: Ron Tagliapietra
We parked at the Ridge Junction Overlook at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 355.4
(at an elevation of 5160 ft.). This is in Black Mtn. Gap adjacent to the intersection
with Mt. Mitchell spur road (every NC HP visitor who comes by car passes through this gap).
This parking spot offers hikes to two county HPs.
For Potato Knob, the Buncombe Co. HP,
climb the ridge to the west following the Mountains to Sea trail for the first half mile
and then departing where the Mountains to Sea departs the ridge to the left to contour
around the mountain. From here the unmaintained trail climbs 3/4 mi. more to the top.
You will find more on this in my book The Southern Sixers since the recommended peakbaggers
route for Mt. Gibbes crosses Potato Knob.