The Flume Knob is another hidden gem in the Wilmington Region that should not be missed. Using the region's mountain biking trails as an approach makes for an outstanding day trip for the entire family. The Flume Knob Trail is closed to mountain biking, and will be posted as such.
From the Four Corners in Wilmington, where State Route 86 connects with Route 431 and Bonneview Drive, take 86 south toward Lake Placid. Continue for 1.9 miles to the Flume Parking on the right.
By the numbers
- Distance: 1.7 miles, one way
- Elevation gain: 1,180 feet
- Elevation: 2,270 feet
This is a 1.7 mile hike, one way, over mixed terrain. From the trailhead, start by hiking past the kiosk and avoiding the abundant poison ivy that lines the trail. Take you next right that leads uphill along an old road. The top of the hill will bring you along an easy course over some pristine mountain biking trails. Many side trails will come in on both sides of this main trail, be sure to follow the trail to Flume Knob. There will be a major intersection with the Flume Knob Trail that cannot go unnoticed. From this intersection the trail climbs steadily along a somewhat aggressive course. As you climb you will notice slightly washed out areas from heavy rains in 2013. The trail continues to move between steep to moderate and back to steep. Be sure to take in the views as they occur along the climb. The summit offers outstanding views over Wilmington toward the Jays.
The parking lot will be plowed and the trail is suitable for snowshoes, but not cross-country skis.