Explore the most popular road biking 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.

1 month ago

Hawkbill rock is a treat that should not be overlooked.

Great drive....always something new to see. I love the winter drives.

1 month ago

The overlook at Hawksbill Rock is about 1.5miles down - you might as well turn around here. Not sure why the map here stops where it does - literally in the middle of the trail towards the Snowball fire tower, which is another 1.5 miles past where the Alltrails map ends. After a steep uphill most of the rest of the trail is downhill - good workout, but not much to see.

5 months 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!

5 months 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.

6 months ago

This trail leads to nowhere, it was very steep uphill battle of very soupy wet trails, to just end up going right back down the mountainside. No good views or special features in my opinion. Craggy gardens trail is straight across from this entrance and i would recommend that trail over this one any day.

The trail is about 40 minutes from Asheville. There is another trail head near the same parking lot. Snowball is to your left when you arrive. When the trail comes to a fork about 100 yards in, take a right. A good amount of up and down throughout the hike. Right before the lookout point you have to do some rock scrambling. The view from the top was nice. It had rained the day before so a few spots were a little muddy but not bad.

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.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Challenging trail but some pretty views.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice Trail, well kept with some wonderful views at the end. Couple nice rock scrambles that were not hard but fun.

mountain biking
Monday, August 07, 2017

I have been road biking this with my mountain bike for about 6 weeks now and it dosen't get any better. Round trip puts it about 11 miles...14 if you go around the closed construction area. At the boat ramp end there is also a paved area that has a very challenging hill grade if your up to it. They now have "Zagster" bikes for rent at 3 locations and are very popular. Have also tried all the mtb trails connected and they are awsome. Hopefully in the near future they will have the trail loop to the other side of the river.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A lot of up and down on this trail. you lose the trail about 3 miles in because it goes up a rock face with no markers. At the top, go to the left over the rock to Hawkbill Rock. It's the highlight of the trail.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This is a nice little trail. Not well-known - I asked around. It's a great workout and took only about an hour and 15 minutes. I only climbed to the second summit then returned. Nice views. No water. Not too rocky but steep in some spots and could be slippery after a rain. I hiked with my dog and we were the only ones on the trail and in the parking area.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The view from Hawkshill is gorgeous however the trail here continues down the mountain another .5 miles or so to absolutely nothing but forest and it terminates in the middle of the trail. I had service so I could see I was on the proper trail. I imagine at some point way away it may summit again but not according to this trail. 4 stars for annoy to miss view but 1 star or less for the navigation.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Great day hike with nice views

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful fall colors drive in October 2015.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful and fun trail! We hiked to the first summit, then down a little further and came back. Great workout, beautiful flowers and views through the clearings. Park at the circular patch of grass right before the access road to Craggy Gardens picnic area. The trail goes up on the left, with the access road on your right. You will quickly reach a fork in the path and you will keep right for Snowball. Would recommend and we will definitely hike it again!!

Try to go on a blue sky day! An AMAZING view!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

I walk and jog this trail often. It is wide and paved with no real steep inclines. There are water fountains and restrooms located near the Danville Public Works building, and further down near the Dan Daniel Memorial Park. The trail is fairly well-maintained. You will experience wildlife on this trail: Canadian geese, ducks, turtles and tortoises, black vultures, buzzards, and in warmer weather you can expect to see a snake here and there. This is a very easy trail to walk or bike.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It would be a better trail if people stopped littering, vandalizing the bridges and overlooks with childish graffiti and picked up their dog's poop when he takes a dump in the middle of the pathway.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Craggy Gardens to Mt. Pisgah is one of my favorite stretches of the BRP. Located on both sides of Asheville, great hikes include Mt. Pisgah, Craggy Gardens, and Craggy Pinnacle. You also can take a detour to the famous Biltmore Estate or stop for lunch in Asheville, maybe stay in luxury at the Grove Park Inn, or stay at the rustic Pisgah Inn. Lots of hiking and lots to see and do.

This is a great part of the Parkway with many wonderful destinations (including the visitor center area along the James River, Apple Orchard Mountain which is the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia, Peaks of Otter with Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountains, and a ridgeline section north of Roanoke with amazing views in both directions).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A 7.5 mile scenic pathway that follows the north bank of the Dan River. The trail passes through parks and by several bridges, one of which (an old restored railroad bridge) connects to historic downtown Danville (the last capital of the Confederate States of America after Richmond fell). I started my enjoyable walk in Dan Daniel Memorial Park and traveled west for almost two miles before returning. It is also a great trail for bird watching by the river. I saw lots of geese and ducks along the way.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What a great intown trail -
We stopped the day after on the way back from Blowing Rock for a short stretch.

This little trail made us envious that we don't have anything like it in Denver (NC).

And if you have 10 minutes, swing off the trail and stop at the animal shelter - maybe a future hiker is waiting for you!

Really great for all ages, and stroller friendly!

scenic driving
Sunday, October 16, 2016

I love witnessing the amazing Parkway scenery on this section, completing some of the spectacular trails like Craggy Gardens/Craggy Pinnacle and Mt. Pisgah, and then ending the day exploring wonderful Asheville!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Very challenging, but super fun trail. Lots of different parts. Some of the views are spectacular.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Great walking trail with nice attractions in the science center area. Nice views along the Dan River, wildlife etc.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The is a nice easy walk, job or bike for anyone. There is plenty of shade and pretty views of the Dan River. I'm

road biking
Monday, July 04, 2016

It was a nice ride and nice Scenery would love to do it on a cooler day.

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