Fork Ridge View - 5,280'

Flat Laurel Creek Trail (#346)

"The Scenic Route to Sam Knob"


GPS Coordinates:  35.308028, -82.908917 (NC-215 Trailhead)

GPS Coordinates:  35.325750, -82.882000 (Black Balsam Road Trailhead)

Album Direction-Of-Travel: Northbound

Highlights: Flat Laurel Creek/Cascades, Views of Fork Ridge, Views of Sam Knob, Wildcat Falls


Length (one-way): 3.2 miles

Petzoldt Rating: 5.40

Difficulty: CHALLENGING

Total Elevation Gain: 1,100'

Elevation Gain/Mile: 344'/mile

Min. Elevation: 5,000'

Max. Elevation: 5,800'

Blaze Color: ORANGE


See Following Trip Reports for more info:

Black Balsam-Chestnut Bald Loop

Black Balsam Knob via Flat Laurel Creek

Little Sam Knob

Sam Knob, Chestnut Bald, & Mt. Hardy

Sam Knob via Flat Laurel Creek (2014)

Sam Knob via Flat Laurel Creek (2018)

Upper Flat Laurel Creek Loop


Connecting Trails:

Ivestor Gap Trail (#101)

Little Sam Trail (#347)

Sam Knob Trail (#617)