Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Spectacular views! Nice, short trek for the family and dogs! Fun driving up to as well!

hiking
1 day ago

My bf and I had a hard time finding this because we lost all cell phone reception on our way there from Albert's Lodge in Burnsville, NC and even our dash mounted gps sent us to the wrong location. I would def recommend writing down the directions in case you lose reception. We ran out of time to keep looking for it and continued on to TN..

Nice hike with options to make this 2-4 miles, with a shorter 1 mile route to the beautiful waterfall. Has a bench to sit and enjoy the view and take a rest. My husband and I did the loop, making this 3 miles total. The first .3-5 miles back were strenuous uphill for a moderate hiker but otherwise an enjoyable route. Be advised the drive is very windy for those with motion sickness.

it was a beautiful morning. honeysuckle just popped, and kinda overcast and cool. trail was perfectly kept. there are ups and downs and a few water spots. I went with my brother. we've lived here for years and never knew it was in our backyard. basically a beautiful day hike, bike, nature walk, nature photo shoot, possibly camping. i reccomend to any locals to check ot out.

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

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
14 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.

hiking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
18 days ago

Super easy trail to an extremely expansive view. Multiple places to enjoy the view, more chipmunks than I could count. Pretty wildflowers. Loved it

on Cascades Trail

21 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!

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
26 days ago

Very tourist-y

Easy and kinda busy but beautiful views!

27 days ago

Short hike but disappointing by not having a view at the summit

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

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

hiking
28 days ago

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

Just hiked in late April. Lots of wildflowers out to enjoy. Also lots of running water with small cascades. Worth the trip.

Recently learned about this trail and set out to hike it. I hit it on a late Friday afternoon and pretty much had the trail to myself.

What a beautiful trail! Not very technical to hike, but entirely a different matter on two wheels.

The entire trail was filled with a wonderful damp organic smell most likely due to the rains a couple days prior. Conditions were dry for the most part, damp in lower lying areas especially where crossing streams.

I’m motivated to return to begin running it with and without a ruck. It’s that fun. It’s been ages since my cyclocross days in the Midwest, but this trail was really calling to me to get back on a bike.

One final note: the trail winds through several private properties and notices are posted. Regardless, the trail is open for public use. However, riding it in wet conditions is prohibited. Don’t play that game!

hiking
30 days ago

Love the rugged trek over stones and thru shallow water, up and down slate stairways and crossing bridges over flowing creeks. Stellar reward at the bottom with the beauty of the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Uphill all the way headed to the pinnacle (all downhill coming back) with several spurs - takes about 30 minutes altogether. Highly recommend.

This loop hike will take about 30 minutes. Very kid friendly - grab an activity brochure to let the kids identify plans and bugs. Be careful when crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway at the halfway point as there is a lot of traffic on this stretch.

Easy trail for someone who wants a short hike or in my case learning to hike again. A couple places to rest. Very peaceful and mostly flat.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy short hike great view of the waterfall

Great trail to takes the kids on. It can be overwhelming how many people are out here though. It is a very heavily trafficked trail. But my four year old loves it, sitting and snacking up in the bald is her favorite. If you add the pinnacle trail to your day it makes it a bit more worthwhile. Great hike to take the dog on, just be aware that not everyone keeps their dogs on a leash, and you may run across a loose one on your hike. :-/

Good little hike. Johnson’s Farm was interesting but other than that there is not much to see other than forest for remainder of hike. Views are obstructed by trees and the feeling of being on a hike is sort of lost as you hear mowers and work being done on nearby parkway.

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