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North Carolina Hiking Trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Milepost   Milepost numbers increase as you go South on the Parkway.
Miles*   
Difficulty  
217.5 Cumberland Knob Trail (ideal lazy-day walk)  MAP
0.5 Easy
217.5 Gully Creek Trail (rewarding loop that meanders by stream)  MAP 2 Strenuous
218.6 Fox Hunters Paradise Trail (view) 0.2 Easy
230.1 Little Glade Millpons (easy loop stroll around pond) 0.4 Easy
238.5 Cedar Ridge Trail (great for day hike; vistas and forests)  MAP 4.2 Moderate
238.5 Bluff Mountain Trail (parallels Parkway to Milepost 244.7)  MAP 7.5 Moderate
241 Fodder Stack Trail great variety of plants)  MAP 1 Moderate
241 Bluff Ridge Trail (primitive trail with steep slopes)  MAP 2.89 Strenous
243.7 Grassy Gap Fire Road (wide enough for side-by-side hiking)  MAP 6.5 Moderate
243.7 Basin Creek Trail (access from back-country campground)  MAP 3.3 Moderate
244.7 Flat Rock Ridge Trail (forest path with vistas)  MAP 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 loop to view of falls) 0.5 Moderate
272.5 Tompkins Knob Trail (to Jesse Brown Cabin) 0.6 Easy
294 Rich Mountain Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail  MAP 3 Moderate
294 Flat Top Mountain Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail  MAP 3 Moderate
294 Watkins Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail  MAP 3.3 Easy/Moderate
294 Black Bottom Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail  MAP 0.5 Easy
294 Bass Lake Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail  MAP 1.7 Easy
294 Deer Park Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail  MAP 0.8 Moderate
294 Maze Carriage Horse & Hiking Trail  MAP 2.3 Moderate
294 Duncan Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail  MAP 2.5 Moderate
294 Rock Creek Bridge Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail 1 Easy
294.1 Figure 8 Trail (short, self-guiding loop nature trail)  MAP 0.7 Easy
294.6 Trout Lake Hiking & Horse Trail (loop) 1 Easy
295.9 Green Knob Trail (to Green Knob)  MAP 2.3 Moderate/Strenuous
296.5 Boone Fork Trail (stream, forest, and meadows)  MAP 4.9 Moderate/Strenuous
297 Price Lake Loop Trail (loop around Price Lake)  MAP 2.3 Moderate
304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail 0.16 Easy
305.2 Beacon Heights Trail (10 minutes to view)  MAP 0.22 Moderate
305.5 Tanawha Trail (diverse biological and geological features)  MAP 1, MAP 2
13.5 Easy/Moderate
308.2 Flat Rock Trail (self-guidling loop) 0.63 Easy
315.5 Camp Creek Trail (leg stretcher throught laurel and rhododendron) 0.1 Easy
316.4 Linville Falls Trail (view of upper Falls)  MAP 0.8 Moderate
316.4 Linville Gorge Trail (view of lower Falls)  MAP 0.5 Strenuous
316.4 Duggers Creek Trail (loop to view of Duggers Falls)  MAP 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) 0.63 Easy
339.5 Crabtree Falls Loop Trail (loop to view of Falls)  MAP 2 Strenuous
344.1 Woods Mountain Trail (USFS)
2 Moderate
350.4 Lost Cove Ridge Trail (USFS) 0.6 Moderate
351.9 Deep Gap Trail (USFS) 0.2 Easy
355 Bald Knob Ridge Trail (USFS) 0.1 Easy
359.8 Big Butt Trail (USFS) (trail continues on USFS lands) 0.2 Strenuous
361.2 Glassmine Falls (view of Falls) 0.05 Moderate
364.2 Craggy Pinnacle Trail (to panoramic view)  MAP 0.73 Moderate
364.2 Craggy Gardens Trail (first portion is self-guiding nature trail) 0.84 Moderate
374.4 Rattlesnake Lodge Trail (woodland walk) 0.5 Moderate
382 Mountain-to-Sea Trail/MTS Trail (from Folk Art Center to Milepost 365; spring wildflowers and views; parallels parkway; many accesses) 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) 1.2 Moderate/Strenuous
404.5 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Mills River Valley-Elk Pasture Gap) 1.2 Moderate/Strenuous
405.5 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Elk Pasture Gap-Mt. Pisgah) 1.7 Strenuous
407.6 Mt. Pisgah Trail (summit view)  MAP 1.26 Moderate/Strenuous
407.6 Buck Springs Trail (Pisgah Lodge to view) 1.06 Easy/Moderate
408.5 Frying Pan Mountain Trail  MAP 1.65 Moderate/Strenuous
417 East Fork Trail (USFS, access to Shining Rock Trail System) 0.1 Easy/Moderate
418.8 Graveyard Fields Loop Trail (loop by a stream) 2.29 Moderate
419.4 John Rock Trail (leg stretcher to view) 0.1 Easy
422.4 Devil's Courthouse Trail (panoramic summit view) 0.42 Moderate/Strenuous
427.6 Bear Pen Gap Trail (access to Mountains-to-Sea Trail) 0.22 Easy
431 Richland Balsam Trail (self-guiding loop through spruce-fir forest) 1.47 Moderate
433.8 Toy Taylor Overlook Trail (paved trail to overlook) 0.1 Easy
451.2 Waterrock Knob Trail (summit view) 1.18 Moderate/Strenuous

 

 

*Mileage indicated length of trail one-way unless otherwise noted

217.5

Gully Creek Trail (rewarding loop that meanders by stream)

2

Strenuous

Calendar

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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:30 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
7

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Friday, August 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
8

NatureFest

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Wood Day at the Folk Art Center

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

The Lives of the Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

New Horizons to Pluto

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

Beer and Brats

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm
10

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Monday, August 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
11

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:00 pm
12

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
13

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
14

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
15

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Spencer Branch with Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm
17

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:00 pm
18

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 4:00 pm
19

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 4:00 pm
20

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
21

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 21, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
22

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Roanoke Wing Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

2nd Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Redhead Express with The Walker Boys

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
24

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 24, 2015, 12:00 pm
25

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00 pm
26

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:00 pm
27

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 pm

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
28

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
29

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Steep Canyon Rangers with Mountain Park Old Time Band

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2:00 pm
31

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:00 pm
         

Highlights & Happenings

  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
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