Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide
North Carolina Trails



MilePost Description Length Rating
217.5 Cumberland Knob Trail
Ideal lazy-day walk.
0.5 Easy
217.5 Bully Creek Trail
Rewarding loop that meanders by stream.
2 Strenuous
218.6 Fox Hunters Paradise Trail
0.2 Easy
230.1 Little Glade Millpond
Easy loop stroll around pond.
0.4 Easy
Doughton Park area trails
238.5 Cedar Ridge Trail
Great for day hike; vistas and forests.
4.2 Moderate
238.5 Bluff Mountain Trail
Parallels Parkway to Milepost 244.7
7.5 Moderate
241.0 Fodder Stack Trail
Great variety of plants.
1 Moderate
241.0 Bluff Ridge Trail
Primitive trail with steep slopes.
2.8 Strenuous
243.7 Grassy Gap Fire Road
Wide enough for side-by-side hiking.
6.5 Moderate
243.7 Basin Creek Trail
Access from back-country campground.
3.3 Moderate
244.7 Flat Rock Ridge Trail
Forest path with vistas.
5 Moderate
260.3 Jumpingoff Rocks Trail
Forest path to vista.
1 Easy
264.4 The Lump Trail
To hilltop view.
0.3 Easy
271.9 Cascades Trail
Self-guiding 30 minute loop. Heavy forest and a plummeting waterfall. Labeled trail aids.
0.5 Moderate
272.5 Tompkins Knob Trail
To Jesse Brown Cabin.
0.6 Easy
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park area trails
25 miles of multi-use trails wind through the former Cone estate, past fields and through woods.
294.0 Rich Mountain
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
4.3 Moderate
294.0 Flat Top Mountain
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail to lookout tower which offers a panarama of the distant mountains. The trail also passes the Cone family cemetery.
3 Moderate
294.0 Watkins
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
3.3 Easy/Moderate
294.0 Black Bottom
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
0.5 Easy
294.0 Bass Lake
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
1.7 Easy
294.0 Deer Park
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
0.8 Moderate
294.0 The Maze
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
2.3 Moderate
294.0 Ducan
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
2.5 Moderate
294.0 Rock Creek Bridge
Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail.
1 Easy
294.1 Figure 8 Trail
Short self-guiding loop nature trail.
0.7 Easy
294.6 Trout Lake
Hiking & Horse Trail (loop).
1 Easy
Julian Price Park and Grandfather Mountain area trails
295.9 Green Knob Trail
Loop trail to Green Knob. Follows Sims Creek part way and goes through an old-growth Hemlock gove.
2.3 Moderate/Strenuous
296.5 Boone Fork Trail
Stream, forest, and meadows.
4.9 Moderate/Strenuous
297.0 Price Lake Loop Trail
Loop around Price Lake. A spring and summer pause for migrating ducks and loons and also home to a resident beaver population.
2.7 Moderate
297.0 - 305.5 Tanawha Trail
Diverse features; parallels Parkway to Price Park.
13.5 Moderate/Strenous
300 Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Trail on privately owned Grandfather Mtn. Requires a permit and fee.
304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail
Handicapped accessible trail to view of the viaduct.
0.16 Easy
305.2 Beacon Heights Trail
10 minutes to views to the east, west and south.
0.2 Moderate
308.2 Flat Rock Trail
Loops through forest for forty-five minutes. View of Grandfather Mountain and Linville Valley. Guide Booklet.
0.6 Easy
315.5 Camp Creek Trail
Leg stretcher through laurel and rhododendron.
0.1 Easy
Linville Gorge area trails
316.4 Linville Falls Trail
A trail through rare virgin forest. No specific time length. Balcony views of the Falls and the incredibly carved gorge. Labeled trail aids.
0.8 Moderate
316.4 Linville Gorge Trail
View of lower Falls.
0.5 Strenuous
316.4 Duggers Creek Trail
Loop to view of Duggers Falls.
0.25 Easy
316.5 Linville River Bridge Trail
Leg stretcher to view of unusual bridge.
0.1 Easy
320.8 Chestoa View Trail
30-minute loop to vista.
0.6 Easy
339.5 Crabtree Falls Loop Trail
Loop to view of Falls.
2.6 Strenuous
344.1 Woods Mountain Trail
USFS trail.
10.6 Moderate/Strenuous
350.4 Lost Cove Ridge Trail
USFS trail. Also called Green Knob Trail. A lookout tower with 360 degree views is about .3 miles.
3.3 Moderate/Strenuous
351.9 Deep Gap Trail
USFS trail.
0.2 Easy
355.0 Bald Knob Ridge Trail
USFS Trail. Virgin red spruce and Fraser fir.
2.8 Easy
359.8 Big Butt Trail
Trail continues on USFS lands. Nice wildflower displays just a short distance off the Parkway.
6.2 Strenuous
Craggy Gardens area trails
361.2 Glassmine Falls
Just a few steps out of the parking area to a view of Falls.
0.05 Moderate
364.2 Craggy Pinnacle Trail
To panoramic view.
0.7 Moderate
364.6 Craggy Gardens Trail
First portion is self-guiding nature trail. Beautiful displays of Catawba Rhododendron bloom in June.
0.8 Moderate
374.4 Rattlesnake Lodge Trail
Woodland walk to old homestead site, now just walls and foundations.
0.5 Moderate
382.0 Mountain-to-Sea TraiI
MTS Trail (from Folk Art Center to Milepost 365 spring wildflowers and views; parallels parkway; many accesses). The Mountains to the Sea Trail is a work in progress that will eventually cross North Carolina from west to east. Many sections, including most of the mountain portions, are finished.
7.5 Moderate
393.7 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Bent Creek-Walnut Cove
3.1 Strenuous
396.4 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Walnut Cove-Sleepy Gap.
1.7 Moderate
397.3 Grassy Knob Trail
Steep trail to USFS area.
0.9 Strenuous
397.3 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Sleepy Gap-Chestnut Cove.
0.7 Moderate
398.3 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Chestnut Cove-Bent Creek Gap.
2.8 Strenuous
400.3 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Bent Creek Gap-Beaver Dam Gap.
1.9 Moderate
401.7 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Beaver Dam Gap-Stoney Bald.
0.9 Moderate
402.6 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail Stoney Bald-Big Ridge. 1.2 Strenuous
403.6 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Big Ridge-Mills River Valley.
1.1 Moderate/Strenuous
404.5 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Mills River Valley-Elk Pasture Gap.
1.2 Strenuous
405.5 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Elk Pasture Gap-Mt. Pisgah.
1.7 Strenuous
407.6 Mt. Pisgah Trail
360 degree summit view from 5721 ft. mountain.
1.3 Moderate/Strenuous
407.6 Buck Springs Trail
Pisgah Lodge to view.
1.06 Easy/Moderate
408.5 Frying Pan Mountain Trail. To Big Bald. Good wildflower area. Continue on FR 450 to the fire tower for views. 2 Moderate/Strenuous
417.0 East Fork Trail
USFS trail access to Shining Rock WildernessTrail System.
0.1 Easy/Moderate
418.8 Graveyard Fields Loop Trail
Loop by a stream with several waterfalls.
2.3 Moderate
419.4 John Rock Trail
Leg stretcher to view.
0.1 Easy
422.4 Devil's Courthouse Trail
Panoramic summit view.
0.4 Moderate/Strenuous
427.6 Bear Pen Gap Trail
Access to Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
0.2 Easy
431.0 Richland Balsam Trail
Self-guiding loop through spruce-fir forest near the highest point on the Parkway.
1.5 Moderate
433.8 Roy Taylor Overlook Trail Paved trail to overlook. 0.1 Easy
451.2 Waterrock Knob Trail
Summit view.
1.2 Moderate/Strenuous

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