The Blue Ridge Parkway
North Carolina Hiking Trails

Milepost

Hiking Trail

Trail
Mileage*

Difficulty

217.5

Cumberland Knob Trail (ideal lazy-day walk)

0.5

Easy

217.5

Gully Creek Trail (rewarding loop that meanders by stream)

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)

4.2

Moderate

238.5

Bluff Mountain Trail (parallels Parkway to Milepost 244.7)

7.5

Moderate

241

Fodder Stack Trail great variety of plants)

1

Moderate

241

Bluff Ridge Trail (primitive trail with steep slopes)

2.89

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 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

3

Moderate

294

Flat Top Mountain Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail

3

Moderate

294

Watkins Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail

3.3

Easy / Moderate

294

Black Bottom Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail

0.5

Easy

294

Bass Lake Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail

1.7

Easy

294

Deer Park Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail

0.8

Moderate

294

Maze Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail

2.3

Moderate

294

Duncan Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail

2.5

Moderate

294

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

295.9

Green Knob Trail (to Green Knob)

2.3

Moderate / Strenuous

296.5

Boone Fork Trail (stream, forest, and meadows)

4.9

Moderate / Strenuous

297

Price Lake Loop Trail (loop around Price Lake)

 

2.3

Moderate

304.4

Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail

0.16

Easy

305.2

Beacon Heights Trail (10 minutes to view)

0.22

Moderate

305.5

Tanawha Trail (diverse biological and geological features)

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)

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)

0.63

Easy

339.5

Crabtree Falls Loop Trail (loop to view of Falls)

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)

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

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

Strenuous

405.5

Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Elk Pasture Gap-Mt. Pisgah)

1.7

Strenuous

407.6

Mt. Pisgah Trail (summit view)

1.26

Moderate / Strenuous

407.6

Buck Springs Trail (Pisgah Lodge to view)

1.06

Easy / Moderate

408.5

Frying Pan Mountain Trail

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)

Waterrock Knob is a fabulous overlook with a great trail.  It's a short drive from Timberwolf Creek, and if you do hike to the top, you can see our little hidden cove from there!

1.18

Moderate / Strenuous

*Mileage indicates length of trail one-way unless otherwise noted.

 
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