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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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152nd Gettysburg Anniversary Civil War Battle Re-Enactment

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 8:30 am

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:00 am

First Sunday Jazz Series

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 1:00 pm

First Sunday Jazz Series

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 2:00 pm

Salem Fair

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 4:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Monday, July 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
7

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:00 pm
8

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:30 am

Salem Fair

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Friday, July 10, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Friday, July 10, 2015

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Horse & Hound Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 am

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

Salem Fair

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:00 pm

Winged Creatures of the Night Twilight Tour

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:30 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 8:00 pm

The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Salem Fair

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:00 am
14

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 pm
15

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am
16

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
17

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 17, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

Train History Day

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 am

Arts & Craft Market

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 11:00 am

6th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 3:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 4:30 pm
20

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 20, 2015, 10:00 am
21

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:00 am
22

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:30 am
23

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
24

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
25

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 3:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
27

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:00 am
28

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
29

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am
30

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
 

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • 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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