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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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"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Monday, September 1, 2014, 8:00 pm
2

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
3

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
4

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
5

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
6

Grandfather Mountain KidFest

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:00 am

ArtsMart

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Dillsboro's 125th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 am

110th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:00 pm

Stevie Barr & the Mastertones w/ Slate Mountain Ramblers

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

Evening Campfire Program at Linvlle Falls

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
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110th Annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
8

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
9

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
10

Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
11

Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
12

Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Wine & Wags

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, September 12, 2014, 4:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
13

Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:00 pm

44th Annual Girl Scout Day

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

40th Annual East Berlin Colonial Days

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

23rd Annual Overmountain Victory Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

13th Annual Railfest Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 am

Olde Salem Days

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 am

Afternoon Tea with Llamas

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 am

Rockbridge Pie Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

Kripplekrunk & The Dan River Girls

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thunder in the Valley: McClausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

Southeastern Youth Slalom Championships

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 am

13th Annual Railfest Celebration

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 9:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
15 16

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 3:00 pm
17 18

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
19

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm
20

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

25th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Big Country Bluegrass & The Wolfe Brothers String Band

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Roanoake Greek Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 11:00 am

23rd Annual Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Monarchs

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
22 23

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
24 25

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm
26

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm
27

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music and Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Pippinfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Green Hill Highland Games

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Across the Blue Ridge: Collectors and Song Carriers

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Guest Appreciation Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pippinfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
29

Oktoberfest

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
30

Oktoberfest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Balsam Range Concert

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
       

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • 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
  • 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
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • 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.
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • Located at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountain
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Attractions, Dining, Shopping & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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