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There's a really huge poplar that I've seen in online photos. There are claims that it's the largest poplar in Pisgah National Forest. I think it's near Mackey Mountain where I've done some hiking and bushwhacking. Anyone here know the exact location and how to reach it?
I've heard of the area that you're talking about. Laurel knob, I believe, is on the Snook's Nose trail. There is apparently an area called the bowl but when I look at topos, I see no such area. It's close to the trail but there are some very steep drops near Laurel Knob. It's not actually in the Mackey Mountain area but the lower trailhead originates there and goes up to an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a steep trail for the first two miles from MM but maderate from the Parkway. I want to check that area out as well but don't want to get very far off trail by myself.
I've hiked the Snooks Nose Trail but I didn't notice any impressive trees or noticeable old growth from the trail. But I've talked two pals into going with me to Laurel Knob to go bushwhacking. We'll find them.