Black Rock Nature Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Linville, NC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This moderately sloped and rocky trail runs out a mile through northern hardwood and spruce forests. It leads to Black Rock, with great views of the Swinging Bridge, MacRae and Attic Window Peaks, as well as Beacon Heights and Grandmother Mountain to the southwest.
Decent hike, fairly easy. Trail was rocky and muddy. Downhill from parking lot. Lots of rhododendron along trail. No views along the way. View at end is atop a big rock that is a 3-4 stride up with the aid of a cable. Nice view and nice spot for lunch if not too crowded (and too crowded meaning more than 4 people there- the Rock is not that big that it can comfortably accommodate more than 4-5 people sitting). Basically, the view is what you get at the swinging bridge, just lower down and less crowded.
Short but relatively rocky trail that leads to great views at Black Rock, which you climb with the help of a rope ladder. The trail begins near the summit, inside the Grandfather Mountain attraction.