Beacon Heights Trail

EASY 20 reviews
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Beacon Heights Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Collettsville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

0.6 miles 153 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

walking
2 months ago

One of my favorite short hikes. Very easy and amazing views.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Great view and nice out and back!!! Highly recommend!!!

5 months ago

Nice and easy, great views and doable with small kids!

6 months ago

Easy access off the highway. You take a short hike.until you get to a "T" in the trail. turn left hike for a little while and take a look at the views then turn around go back the way that you came and continue on the trail. I'm convinced that the marker is incorrect.

it's a decent hike down to the bottom of the valley / stream. going back up is always more difficult I'm going down.

overall a nice Trail. we're here over Memorial Day weekend so get there early otherwise there will not be any parking

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful clear Black Friday day, opting out along with REI from shopping, we stopped at Beacon Heights for some sights. We had great views taking the left fork to see Grandfather and taking the right fork to see Grandmother. Hike is very short, trail is rocky and lots of roots and can be slippery if wet. Make sure you take both forks, and there are several other options at the base of the trail along the Tanawha trail. Recommend this short respite along the BRP!

1 year ago

Great views.

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome views. Very Easy hike.

1 year ago

Great, short hike if you follow signs for linn trail. Lots of rocks to climb over and roots as well which made it fun for my son. The top part of the trail gets very narrow and is overgrown but doable. FYI, where the gps brought me to was about a mile shy of the actual location.

hiking
1 year ago

Great short hike, slight upward grade, lots of rocks and roots on the way up. The view is Amazing!! Plenty of room at the lookout for a steady crowd of people and still maIntain your own little sitting area. Great place for picnics, just a quick view, or a little rock climbing. There are more trails to branch off on if you want a longer hike. I can't wait to go back and see sunrise there, and another day to see a clear night sky full of stars.

hiking
1 year ago

Great short hike that is slightly technical with lots of rocks, roots and steady climbing. There is not an intense elevation gain but you would want good shoes/boots for stable footing. The payoff at the top is amazing...truly a must see! Go straight ahead at the 2nd bench near the ridge instead of veering to the right for the thrill of stepping out onto the open rock. Soak up the view before back-tracking to the trail spur for additional vistas. The southern end of the Tanawha trail is accessed via Beacon Heights along with a section of the Mountains to the Sea trail. Rugged and beautiful country

hiking
1 year ago

Great short hike, beautiful view towards Marion and opposite Grandfather.

hiking
2 years ago

Not crowded and a great view of Grandfather Mountain!

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Really nice short and easy hike with crazy views at the top, supposedly you can see Charlotte on a clear day!

hiking
3 years ago

Great & short hike, sunrise is incredible, even on a somewhat cloudy day. Nice spots to sit & relax while taking in the views. Once you get on the parkway you have to drive further than what the map on here says, or at least in my experience that was the case. Other than that, totally worth it. Could have spent hours up there.

hiking
3 years ago

Very nice short hike; do this one a lot, especially the little ones that can handle the terrain. The round trip is only 0.5 mi, and the views are nice for the effort. The Mountains-to-Sea trail comes by here on its long journey through NC. All in all, a good short hike.

hiking
4 years ago

Good short hike. Just past the intersection of the Parkway and 221, it is easily accessible. It is an easy hike up to Beacon Heights and the views are special. There is a fork that you can take to Linn Cove if you want to stretch out the day further. But, if time is short and views are what you want, this is a good hike.

hiking
4 years ago

We hiked Beacon Heights at milepost 305.2 on the Parkway and merged onto the Tanawha trail and continued to the Linn Cove Viaduct and beyond. It was a beautiful day in every way. The crisp 70 degree weather, the sunny skies, the fresh air, and the magnificent views of the mountains. The terrain is somewhat rocky and rooty, but that's to be expected in that area. There are many boulders and a few footbridges along the way.
We were excited to see the underside of the Viaduct. (a must see).
Once we got to the rock face approximately 4-5 miles out, we could see as far as the eye could take you. I could've stayed there for hours.
Would definitely place this hike on your bucket list!!

hiking
6 years ago

i never tire of going to beacon heights. the sunrise or sunset is awesome. on a clear day you can see the bank of america bldg in charlotte. watching the hawks soar or just taking it all in,doesnt get any better. a side tip up the road to the tv tower is worth the walk also