Dave V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2021

Andy Griffith's favorite haunt with Helen Crump

I have driven past geological knob numerous times in my NC travels, but this time I was able to visit. I usually travel 'by the seat of my pants' and hope to find an available site and being early week I was able to easily secure a site.

Of the 42 campsites, less than a dozen were filled, so I had my pick and chose site 25 just to set up and get on the trail before nightfall. Admittedly, I would likely not choose this site again because as a tent camper, the firepit was way too close to both the raised tent pad and the picnic table.

Each campsite has a raised timber, pea gravel tent pad, metal fire ring w/grill and a picnic table. Site 25 tent pad was 10.5' x 11.5' feet.  A water spigot was directly across the parking pad and one of the two showerhouse/restrooms were located a few yards beyond that. It was purely convenience that site 25 was chosen. Restrooms/showers were clean and maintained.

The trail up to the lookouts were dubbed easy to moderate, but they got pretty steep…although, well worth it.  You can avoid all the hiking if you wish and simply drive up to the lookouts. The views were worth the effort.

The new visitor's center is excellent and the displays were very interesting and informative. I mean, really, if it was good enough for Andy and Barney...its good enough for me!

Next visit I plan to stay more nights to explore the area.

  • Entrance Sign
  • Pretty self explanatory
  • Trail signage
  • Grindstone trail markers
  • Now this is the signage at the top of the lookout loop...the sign at the campground leads you to believe its easy to moderate...
  • Lookout views across from the Knob
  • Historical marker
  • Trails are very well marked
  • View of Pilot Mountain knob from the Lookout area
  • Showerhouse/Restrooms
  • Pretty basic, no electric...but modern
  • This poor guy was all kinked up first thing in the morning, must've been a rough night
  • View from the new Visitor's Center parking lot
  • Inside photo of the new Visitor's Center
  • Very informative displays of the area
  • Some Visitor Center displays allow for interaction
  • Long views from the lookout area

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