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Jones Knob 4622 ft Highlands NC
Natahala National Forest NC

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Scaly Mountain from Jones Gap on Bartram Trail near Highlands NC
  Scaly Mtn 4854 ft from ledge at Jones Gap SE of Parking Lot  

Incredible Views - Short Moderate Hike

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This is one of those hikes where the car does most of the climbing.  The parking lot is located over 4000 ft at Jones Knob on the Bartram Trail.  The trail to the top is less than 1 mile and climbs moderately at the most less than 500 vertical feet.  Plus the views are stunning.  The location though is remote on a US Forest Service gravel road which we accessed using a SUV though we did see some cars at the parking lot too.

To get to the trail head, start at the intersection of US 64 and NC 106.  Travel north US 64 toward Franklin NC.  Pass a small lake on the left in approximately 1.5 miles.  Pass Bridal Veil Falls on right and then Dry Falls on left.  After approximately 4 miles, turn left off of US 64 onto Turtle Pond Road. Immediately the road crosses a bridge over the Cullasaja River and in approximately 1 mile bear right onto Dendy Orchard Road.  Follow the road for approximately 1.5 miles ascending. Then bear left onto a US Forest Service Road. The road eventually turns to gravel and climbs steeply with switchbacks ending at a gravel parking lot in approximately 1.5 miles.

From the parking lot you can hike a very short distance to some dramatic views.  To get to the views cross the Bartram Trail and follow a short unmarked path downhill toward the southeast.  This trail is approximately 500 ft long and deadends along the top of a open rock ledge.  Use care along the ledges since there are no physical barriers and the trail is unimproved here. Return to Jones Gap parking area along the same path.

At Jones Gap bear northwest along the ridgeline on an old woods road passing a closed gate following yellow blazes. The trail passes through woods then crosses an open field.  At the fields opposite edge (0.25 miles) bear left at fork exiting the Bartram Trail (sign-see below).  The trail narrows to a foot path and ascends Jones Knob with intermittent views towards the left (west and south west). The trail reaches the summit 4622 ft at 0.6 miles. Return to parking lot along the same path.

Other nearby hikes in the Nantahala National Forest  - White Side Mountain - Albert Mountain.

Map of Jones Knob NC Near Highlands NC Bartram Hiking Trail
  Map of Jones Knob Hike - locations and scale are approximate  


Jones Knob NC Near Highlands NC Bartram Hiking Trail
 Jones Knob Hike Profile 

Bartram Trail Jones Knob Nantahala National Forest
 Bartram Trail: Near Jones Gap, Open Field, Trail Sign North Edge of Field at 0.25 miles 

Jones Gap Trail Nantahala National Forest NC
 Short Unmarked Footpath to Ledge Near Jones Gap Parking Area 


Pickens Nose Mountain - Locations and Scale are Approximate

Miles ~1.5 with hike to ledges near parking lot (round trip)
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Jones Knob Panoramic View NC 35 04' 53.75" N  83 17' 42.82"
 South-Southwest Jones Knob Panoramic View 35 04' 53.75" N  83 17' 42.82"

Near Jones Knob Summit, Nantahala National Forest
 Near Jones Knob Summit, Nantahala National Forest 


White Rock Mountain from Jones Knob Nantahala National Forest
 North West view from Jones Knob of White Rock Mountain, Nantahala National Forest 

Standing Indian Mountain from Jones Knob, Nantahala National Forest North Carolina
  West View from Jones Knob toward Standing Indian Mountain, Nantahala National Forest North Carolina