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Ascent of Howards Knob on 2018-08-17

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Friday, August 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Howards Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4420 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having recently moved to Boone as an Appalachian State University transfer student, I got up bright and early and drove up to see the morning sun from the overlook atop this mountain. Howard's Knob County Park is a small, quaint park that covers the summit of Boone's most recognizable summit. There are two overlooks - The lower one is a nice stone platform that has nice views but is getting rather overgrown. The second is much larger but requires a small amount of easy rock scrambling to get to. There is a fence to keep you from going to far out onto it. From this overlook a grandstand view of Boone can be had, and on exceptionally clear days you can see all the way out to the Black Mountains. Back down near the first overlook is a large picnic shelter.

Within the large lawn area at the summit are several large boulders. It's hard to tell if these are natural or were placed here. To the right of these in some bushes is the highest point that isn't the boulders. I tagged both for a possible summit.

The park is accessible only via a steep drive from downtown Boone. You are also able to walk up this road, though the road is quite narrow and has many blind turns. Use extreme caution if you up go this route on foot. Note that the Boone United Trail does not ascend all the way to the top and any bushwhacking attempt would entail trespassing on an enormous tract of private land that surrounds the park.

The park is somewhat notorious for the fact that it closes all winter. As of writing (9/1/2020) the park is closed "until further notice" due to COVID-19.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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