Explore the most popular birding trails in Blue Ridge Parkway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First time going on this trail. A friend of mine told me about it. Great hike for the kids.

Hiked this on Mother’s Day with my daughter. Great hike and lots of people on the trail. Did come across the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen crossing the path on the way up. We gave him a wide breadth before continuing up, but he still rattled at us. Lots of flies and bees once we reached the top. But overall a wonderful experience!

7 days ago

My husband and I completed this hike on a warm, sunny day in the middle of May. We hiked it as a loop with Slacks Trail beginning with the White Rock Falls trail first. It took us a total of 2 hrs 15 mins to complete the loop with several breaks along the way. We are beginner hikers, and found the White Rock Falls Trail to be relatively easy leading to the falls, but then quite strenuous as the trail switchbacks up the mountain leading to the road. However, there were many opportunities to stop and cool off in the stream. The overlook at Priest Mountain was nice, also. Slacks Trail was fairly unremarkable with the exception of some beautiful blooming rhododendron along the way. We were glad to have a leisurely walk back to the car, though. To get to the entrance to Slacks Trail, you have to walk about 50 yds along the road to the Slacks Overlook car pull off and the trail is to the right near a picnic table. Overall, this is one of my favorite hikes on the Parkway.

Perfect for Mother’s Day hike with lots of wildflowers. Up hill for the first half. Enough water to collect on the way as long as you have a water purification mechanism. Some nice spots for picnicking. Not a lot of views but some. Lots of gorgeous rock.

mountain biking
9 days ago

Wonderful single track. fun, flowing, technical, and challenging in spots. Lots of surprises and features to keep you engaged. while not an expert, I can imagine this is the type of trail to develop expert level skills.

Beautiful trail that is fairly evenly graded throughout the trail. Beautiful waterfall. Trail seems to be capable of washing out as there are some areas that have a small stream running through.

As several people have said, this is a great trail for wildflowers. I know nothing about what kinds of flowers other than they were beautiful in the morning sun.

This is an easy/moderate trail: easy almost all of the way, although the back side of the loop from the Blue Ridge Parkway back up to the Rattlesnake Lodge ruins would be moderate. Not hard, but a pretty decent uphill.

The informational sign about Rattlesnake Lodge was very informative.

The only downside to this trail is lack of parking at the trailhead. There is only room for 3-4 cars. If you can’t find a spot, drive another quarter-mile up the hill and there is another small parking area with a trailhead there. You can park there and make the short hike back to the real trailhead. That is what we had to do.

This trail has a beautiful waterfall at the end. With that being said... it's not for the novice or barely fit. The amount of steps that are involved in the hike was insane for me. I will definitely go back when I'm in better shape. ;-)

Absolutely beautiful. Get there early to beat a crowd. I was able to sit at the base of the falls and enjoy lunch before I saw another person.

hiking
13 days ago

One of the most gratifying and satisfying hikes I have ever taken! Challenging to say the least, not for the weak!

hiking
13 days ago

Simply can not describe in words adequately. Must see in person to understand.

This hike is moderate at best, not hard. The trail is all down hill to the falls. There is a small set of falls before the actual falls, don’t mistake those as your destination. The falls were full as we have had a decent amount of rain the last couple of days. There is a nice deck at the base for viewing the falls but if you climb the rocks to the right of the deck you can easily climb to the top of the falls, just be careful as it is very slick. The hike back up is slightly steep and constant, but the short distance makes it easily accomplished with not much effort

Amazing trail, favorite place to hike any time of year. Always meet nice people at the top and along the way as well.

hiking
14 days ago

It’s a good workout for sure. Beautiful trail to go on in May. You get to see some views and enjoy the beautiful flowers!

on Cascades Trail

15 days ago

Short hike. Pretty waterfall. Not hard

Great little hike, perfect for young children.

Great trail!

We did come across two black bears on our way back so be aware of proper safety precautions! Definitely an adventure!

Tough but fun and worth the view at the end.

Great trail! Great view at the top and the deer are very friendly. Posted a picture of the view and the deer.

Beautiful hike with some great views. My husband and I had a picnic on the rocks at the top.

Great trail to take non hiking visitors on (probably why it’s often crowded). Views are wonderful. Take a jacket. Even in summer the temp can be a little unpredictable.

Great hike with beautiful falls. The trail itself offers at least 3 things...scenic views, great falls, and some descent obstacles.

Awesome hike, lots of rocks to the falls, but easy. Breathtaking view of the falls, as there is a little bridge with bench to sit and take it all in. The hike out is straight up but then quickly levels and then a very easy walk out.

trail running
21 days ago

Very tourist-y

Easy and kinda busy but beautiful views!

hiking
21 days ago

This is a hike I would consider more then moderate, with a steep starting incline and many rocks and roots to navigate. The decline is just as steep and in the end it proved to be to harsh on the knees of some of my party so we had to turn back. We did, however, find t a beautiful and enjoyable hike and had be been better prepared would have gladly gone up and back.

Enjoyed this trail but highly disappointed that it was so close to the road and all that noise was constant. Felt like it really took away from the experience.

Loved this trail. A little busy and very short but beautiful.

short, sweet, and nice way to stretch your legs.

hiking
22 days ago

A great view of the frozen cascades on a very cold December day.

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