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I'm a local to this area and I have never climbed this mountain until today. My first hard climb.... All I can say is "Simply amazing" like being on top of the world. I wanted to take pictures with snow on and I wasn't disappointed. Road to trail head was clear. The climb to the top wasn't that bad. Steep, but not a bad hike. The trip back down killed me. Awesome hike. Can't wait to go back in the fall and get the fall colors. AllTrails quit on me from the get go but not to many ways to get lost on this trail. Just keep going up....

This trail is one of my favorite trails in N.C. It has beautiful water features in the first section of the trail and stunning views from the top but do not expect this hike to be easy because it is a burner, especially towards the top. I have two dogs that I’m glad stayed at home for this one since it is, in some sections, very technical as there are ladders and exposed rock faces where a slip or loss of balance could result in injury to you or your dogs. Also, I would caution anyone who is hiking this in winter weather to be prepared with the right equipment.
I hiked to Calloway Peak and then went over to Raven Rocks before heading back down. Spend some time at the top because the views are awesome. All in all I hiked a little over 10 miles in about 5.5 hours according to the AllTrails app.

the view from the summit is great. the trail has many switchbacks and is not hard at all if you hike moderately.

Went in late October 2018 with good friend Kelly B. We are in mid 60’s and was no problem. The leaves still had not changed but we took my dog (Peaches) and she loved the hike also. We live about 9 miles from Elk Knob and the total time was around 2.5 hours. Trail is well maintained and views are sensational.

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hiking
13 days ago

Great hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway with amazing views.

hiking
15 days ago

I came over from the Tanawha Trail and went right (easy part first). That side is easy but boring. The other side of the trail is gorgeous and definitely more challenging, but nothing the average person can’t accomplish. Be prepared to stray from the trail at creek crossings or to hop from rock to rock.

Well maintained Trail with great views at the top! My husband and I are in our early 60s and had no problem hiking this trail. I highly recommend. We hiked the day after Thanksgiving and found it a winter wonderland. So beautiful!

I have wanted to hike this trail for over a year and finally got to tackle it today. It's rocky and muddy but manageable. The views of the mountains and the Linn Cove Viaduct are amazing! Well worth the trip.

1 tree down before parking area. In general the trail was easy to find but overgrown. 360 degree views from the top were wonderful.

I proposed to my Fiancée at the top. She said yes.

The view from the top in late afternoon is well worth the strenuous hike

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing views my 10 year old loved this trail. Bring your camera for great photo op!

We were rewarded for the struggles of finding a parking lot with a winter wonderland of ice and snow. Spectacular 360 degree view if ice topped peaks and green valleys. Overall, moderate hike with wonderful view.

hiking
28 days ago

Very fun trail with amazing views! In my groups opinion it wasn’t very hard like the reviewers say (and we aren’t in very well shape like most). Would recommend this trail to anyone.

hiking
1 month ago

It​ is​ place​ to​ visit​ for​ Fall​ season.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate climb, muddy with some slick rocks and roots and lots of traffic but 100% worth the amazing 360 degree views of the mountains. Parking was tight, dogs were friendly and people were courteous on the trail when it got a little narrow or tricky. One of the best trails on the parkway!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike but very short and easy. Make sure to take a left over the bridge and not a right to get to the top.

Excellent loop with dogs who like to do a little swimming and mud-bogging. Terrain was moderate and lots of shade. Ideal hike for a fall afternoon. The lake and mountains in the distance were beautiful and we crossed over to check out the dam at the end. Nice spot!

Good trail, and in many places I would rate it higher, but it is too close to world class hiking to do again.

hiking
1 month ago

The views make this hike a really amazing one. So stellar.

Great family hike! A lot of variety , very pretty steam hike and opening up to a meadow ! Dog loved wide open area! Only concern ( could have been our fault) we had to walk on parkway for 0.7 miles when finished and this was not ideal with dog.

hiking
1 month ago

A fair amount of climbing for a short trail but the trail condition is excellent and that makes the climb a breeze. The overviews are quite pretty and there's an excellent view of the Linn Viaduct. Not much parking so it's best to visit on weekdays.

Wonderful hike w amazing scenery but was very wet and slick. You have to take very deliberate and cautious steps.

The views were nice but we didn't realize that it would be $20 PER PERSON to get in! Only go if you're planning on doing something else within the park or if you have accessibility issues (you can drive straight to the bridge and there's an elevator to circumvent the stairs). You can get views that are just as nice for free.

brought my 12, 8, and 5 yr old. we got all the way to the summit. amazing. worth it.

Very nice.

An excellent quick hike on the blue ridge parkway. Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Not too difficult. A lot of overlooks on the way up. Nice views of Grandfather Mtn and the Parkway going around it. Some cool rock formations throughout the hike. 2 mile round trip from the parking area.

Easiest 1,000 feet in elevation gain you could ask for. Nice views north and south at the summit. Many recognizable peaks...Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mtn, and the Boone ski mtns. Can also see Mt Rogers from the north view (highest peak in VA). 4 mile round trip.

If you have 4wd, you can make it to what could be deemed a parking area... I just parked off the roadway and walked an extra half mile or so to the trailhead. As others have stated, the trail is not well marked, but you will occasionally see blue spray paint on some trees. My dogs & I were the only ones on the mountain today, which made the rewarding views at the top even better.

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