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A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a diversity of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 469 miles, providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.

Great hike! It’s a nice walk up and the trail is well maintained. At the the top we hung out on a few boulders and had some snacks. I would definitely recommend it

Probably would have enjoyed this hike more if we went in a warmer spring day. We went on a windy, very cold, January day. Hike to the top is short but all uphill with a good amount of steps. We took our dog with us but I don’t think he enjoyed the steps at all. View from the top is great but the wind was ripping and we didn’t stay up there long. Wanted to check out Buzzards Roost but didn’t have the opportunity today.

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11 days ago

We connected two short trails (Tompkins Knob and Cascades) to make a nice little hour long hike. The Cascades were gorgeous all frozen over in early January. Liked adding Tompkins on just to add a little to the hike. Very easy hike for all ages and ability levels.

hiking
11 days ago

Would only recommend if you go all the way to the Cascades. We connected two short trails (Tompkins Knob and Cascades) to make a nice little hour long hike. The Cascades were gorgeous all frozen over in early January. Liked adding Tompkins on just to add a little to the hike. Very easy hike for all ages and ability levels.

The Cascades are the highlight here though. So if you just want a really short journey, drive a mile up the road and visit the Cascades from their own parking lot.

Stunning long range views and really cool granite rock formations. One of the best short hikes in the area.

My favorite trail!

Great hike. Family friendly.

Great for a relaxing day. The .7 to the summit is legitimate the rest is very easy. Good for first timers and beginners

Great hike, short and sweet especially in a cold weather like today.

18 days ago

One of my favorites! Gorgeous views and worth the climb!

Wonderful, short and steep. Great views all seasons. Note, visitor center and bathrooms were closed

Short hike with beautiful views

I have hiked this trail many times and during different seasons. It is especially beautiful when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

I have driven this beautiful section of the Parkway many times. I have also hiked some of the trails along the road several times. Great views.

Great hike. Pay attention to blue and white trail markings. You'll be Happy you did.

22 days ago

Great views

Easy trail through the woods. Nice place to stretch your legs while visiting the visitor center.

Moderate trail, great for a relaxing trail walk.

One of my favorite 5 mile loops in the area.

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29 days ago

Nothing special, no good clearings off the mountain for a good picture, no water or waterfalls. Good exercise climbing up. Probably won't go again.

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