Rough Ridge

MODERATE 83 reviews
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Rough Ridge is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, NC that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

2.3 miles 786 feet Out & Back

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rocky

hiking
4 days ago

We did this with our whole family at thanksgiving. Ages 5-60. It's not terribly difficult. It was VERY crowded however. So expect to share the views with others. Well maintained Trail and a spectacular view at the top. If you are looking for an easy and short hike with a great view this would be a good choice.

hiking
5 days ago

6 days ago

Loved this trail and so did my boys (ages 5 and 7). Not a difficult hike but shoes with good grip are important. I definitely wouldn't attempt this hike if the trail were wet - lots of slick rocks. Views are amazing - this is definitely one of our favorites so far.

28 days ago

A short hike up to terrific views. Some steep trail sections. This is a favorite to many and can get quite crowded.

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome hike spot. Better get there early or no parking spots for you :).

1 month ago

lovely lots of boulders great views

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail, although very populated, even for a Tuesday morning. Hike is very short to some absolutely stunning views. Not for those who enjoy the journey more than the destination, but certainly a must-see.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning views!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was absolutely beautiful and well worth it! It is a little steep so just be cautious and careful when wet!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A section of the Tanawha Trail just east of Grandfather Mountain and the Linn Cove Viaduct. It is definitely one of my favorite spots on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. I have hiked it in every season, and I try to go back almost every time I am in the area. It's only a few tenths of a mile to the boardwalk and the first majestic views, and a half mile to the highest point on the ridge. Despite the short distance though, it is not easy...rocky and often muddy. But this trail should be on everyone's list if possible!

1 month ago

Amazing trail beautiful views and good for kids also, lots of rocks to play on, the trail it self looks cool

hiking
2 months ago

Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this Hike!! But, was like 100% Foggy..so I didn't get to see the views, but it was still an amazing hike!! So Beautiful..will go back in a few weeks to see after the leaves change :) Great Hike!

2 months ago

This trail is SO much fun and the views are amazing!

2 months ago

Can you camp on this trail?

2 months ago

If you want to get spectacular views, this is a great hike. It took us about 45 mins round trip, but there are massive rocks at the top that are perfect for a picnic or rest. It's pretty steep at some places, but I passed many a family doing this hike together.

hiking
2 months ago

Good short hike with spectacular views. Have done multiple times and plan to keep going back. Would recommend to anyone