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.

hiking
13 hours ago

This was definitely a moderate hike with some pretty steep inclines and rocks at parts of it. The view is absolutely worth it!! The leaves look beautiful from the top and there’s an opportunity to get some really good panoramic pictures!

hiking
1 day ago

A great warm hike. Don’t be deceived by the short distance!! This hike will get you breathing hard and everything pumping... A great 360 view at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

Spectacular at sunrise! Gorgeous views st the top and lovely goi g up and down. It’s an easy hike but if you’re trying to catch the sunrise, allow enough time to make the short trek to the top since it’s so steep.

Amazing view! Steep climb, but totally worth it.

Gorgeous falls. We've hiked all over the mountain states and this beats all those falls. A Virginia treasure.
be prepared for lots of stairs. We were hiking with our dog. He's fast, big and experienced but the steep wood steps were covered with wet leaves and slippery. we worried he might slip. We didn't get very far.
great park and great hike

hiking
4 days ago

Short hike to a beautiful falls.. some very steep stairs but well worth the effort.

Very noisy with the trail being so close to the highway but other than that good.

on Cascades Trail

hiking
6 days ago

We loved the trail and the falls. The rock stairs are a little crazy and wonky but getting to the landing is worth it. You are right next to the falls and if it’s been raining they can be roaring! Going back up is a little work. The rock stairs require a bit of mobility and strength but the main trail is easy.

Nice and diverse trail. No complaints. Wasn’t difficult, but it was longer than it is listed here. I tracked the hike to be 3.07 miles each way, beginning from the tree line at the road. Great view, will definitely go again.

If you get a chance to hike this trail don’t pass it up.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail. start at picnic area and go for it! The train is a bit rocky in some areas, but good trail. About a 7-10 degree incline at begin, but easy trail. Remember people, you're hiking a mountain, grab a walking stick, pit on appropriate shoes and go have some fun.

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Loved it. My GSD also enjoyed. Did this trail in October when the weather was cool. Falls were refreshing. Bring snacks.

hiking
14 days ago

Combine with Cascades for sure.

hiking
16 days ago

Steep and challenging, but the view from the top is worth it. I was able to get some of the best Milky Way photos of my life from the top at night.

hiking
18 days ago

Pretty easy hike, some steep stairs at the bottom but a close angle to see the falls.

Super short trail. Fun for a stop on the way to other trails. Beautiful views.

Absolutely worth the hike. Pretty easy trail overall.

Short and fairly steep hike with great end views for a relatively easy hike. I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant and able to hike. Looking forward to going back in June or July to see the rhododendrons in full bloom. Make sure to wear hiking shoes with a good grip due to some slippery wet rocks.

Very steep on the way up.
Went to browning knob as well and to the plane crash. The kids liked to see the plane. The mud and slick rocks would make it a little rough at times for kids or older hikers.

Not too strenuous and well defined trail in most places. Train is not marked so got turned around a few times. Not very busy on a Saturday afternoon. Most dogs on leash except one. Great shade, lots off mushrooms and moss, and yummy forest smells. One thing I’d change if I could is that you can hear all the loud ass touring motorcycles on the parkway as the noise travels up.

on Cascades Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Easy Trail except for the final 60 or so stone steps down to the waterfall. But it is worth it as they take you to a viewing area that is up close to the falls. It has been very wet this summer and the falls were spectacular. I have seen pictures of the falls in a drier season and they can be a mere trickle. The loop takes you back up the stream that feeds the falls and is very nice.

Great views

hiking
21 days ago

Nice, easy hike out to the remains of a remote lodge.

Nice trail with some pretty views. Moderately challenging with one pretty steep uphill on the white loop. Make it longer by doing the blue offshoot trail near the stream.

One of my favorite spots to watch the sunset!

Nice day hike with a well maintained trail. When you’ve reached the elevation sign at the top, keep exploring..... you’ll find a boulder hidden summit with excellent views!!

First review on AllTrails. Awesome hike but would also rate this one a little more on the difficult side. Lots of climbing and descending. Took the wife and 25lb Boston Terrier. I started to feel unsafe toward the end but my wife pushed us through and very glad she did! Views are amazing! Pack some snacks and bring plenty of water. And give yourself 3 + hours to really enjoy it and spend some time at the summit. Didn’t run into anyone on the hike until we got to the summit, but still very few people. Would definitely recommend but do consider this one as a more difficult hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy beautiful trail

On the moderate end of difficult (for me). Update from hurricane Florence: About a mile from the Falls, there are several spots where fallen trees block or hide the trail. Minor bushwhacking required, but so worth it!

Nice scenery. Good views.

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