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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.

This is a spectacular hike!

First, let’s all thank Nola for writing the first review below... Thanks Nola!

The prior reviews are all true. This little hike packs it all in! Outstanding views, varied terrain, varied flora and fauna.

You’d be hard pressed to find a hike this short with such a variety of everything. It goes from pine forest to wild flower meadows to blueberry bushes all within a mile.

Maybe this hike should remain a secret?

If you are looking for an easy trail that gives great 360 views- this is one of the best in that regard

I’ve been hiking this for almost 30 years. It is one of my favorite hikes and different every time. The view at the top makes it all worth while.

Nice trail with a solid leg warmer incline when you start near the Arboretum. Superb vistas in the fall. One of my local favs!

hiking
3 days ago

Love this trail probably one of my favorites

hiking
4 days ago

Best hiking trail on the parkway with the best views! It is very convenient and it is located right off of the Parkway! This trail is very unique compared to other hiking trails in the area! If you are planning a hiking trip, this is a must do!

A lovely, diverse trail right off the BRP. Some areas were a bit overgrown with raspberries/blackberries but still totally passable. There is a bit of rock climbing necessary as you approach Blackrock that is technically challenging. Also this hike is longer than advertised- at least 6.5 miles round trip. Just keep going until you get to a rock summit that has 365 views!

Steep steps towards bottom. Down all the way in, up reverse. One of the nicest falls in NC. Well worth the hike

This trail is beautiful! Very steep hike down to the first set of waterfalls, the main falls is such a breathtaking view! Don’t be discouraged and keep going! This hike is well worth it!

hiking
4 days ago

Excellent trail. We hiked after a rain and it was muddy in places, but the waterfall was well worth the wait.

Great trail. Lots of people though. Didn’t expect to be that crowded. Nice waterfall.

trail running
5 days ago

Calling this a loop is a little deceiving. You have to connect the trails together by walking along a busy road with not a great shoulder. A portion of the trail in the beginning is also quite overgrown with kudzu.

It was a great moderate hike! Beautiful waterfalls scenes. A few rest spots (rocks and benches). Our labradoodle enjoyed the hike too - since she’s an experienced hiker she was off-leash, but I wouldn’t recommend letting your dog off-leash if they aren’t well trained. Other than that, there are low running water spots that were for dogs to mingle and cool off. Enjoy!

hiking
6 days ago

Great views from a number of rocky outcrops, including views of the Linn Cove Viaduct, and expansive Blue Ridge mountain vistas. Budget at least an hour round trip, more if it had just rained or trail is wet. It gets very muddy after rain and the rocks can get very slippery. Multiple parts with steps, no gravel, mostly dirt/rocks combination mixed with tree roots. Good footwear needed; Once I did it in my running shoes - not a great idea. Moderate to hard in places.
Avoid, if possible, during weekends, or after 10am, as it gets uber-crowded. Children over 6 should be able to do it, as well as older adults in reasonably good shape/health.
Overall: great short hiking opportunity;

Note to BRP maintenance crews: trail is overgrown with shrubbery in places, no gravel left either, it's literally begging for some maintenance TLC.

hiking
6 days ago

Quick hike to see a waterfall off of the Blue Ridge Parkway! We did this hike in a slight rainfall and it was perfect weather! Falls were the best at that time too.

It was great but I really don’t believe it is good for dogs. Rocky just about the whole way. Definitely hard on the paws

hiking
7 days ago

Challenging enough but very doable (my 8 and 5 year olds were fine). Views are amazing and worth the hike.

on Craggy Pinnacle Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great short hike to the summit from the parking area. You ascend around 400ft over 3/4 mile so not to bad. The trail is dirt and rocks. Great views at the top.

on Waterrock Knob Trail

hiking
9 days ago

This is a great hike and it’s a half mile to the top. It is steep and you ascend 480 ft in that half mile. The first half is paved and the second half is a dirt/rock stair trail. About half way up at the end of the paved trail is a viewing platform(if you don’t want to make the trek to the top).

Fun, short hike. Started early on a weekday morning and ended up having the entire top to myself. Clear day, great views, and light breeze.

hiking
10 days ago

Plenty of parking available.
The trail was very well marked, and despite having rained earlier in the day, it wasn’t overly muddy or slick.
The falls were gorgeous! Definitely worth the hike to see. I strongly recommend hiking the full loop...there are beautiful views all along the way:) took less than 2 hours altogether, including time stopped to enjoy the breathtaking waterfall.

Beautiful views on the way up to the blue trail loop.
We chose to go left and it was decently steep. My heart rate was up until we reached the top, where a natural spring was coming out of a rock.
I use trekking poles while hiking to protect my knees and was thankful to have them once we were half way up the blue trail.
We didn’t see any wildlife while we were out, but I imagine 2 people and 2 dogs make a lot of noise to scare animals out of our path.

12 days ago

A great hike with amazing views. A walking stick is helpful at times.

Not a lot to see and you always see and hear traffic on the BRP and other streets. Seems to be popular for walking dogs because every person I came across had a dog. On a Friday afternoon I came across about six people. It's ok if you don't have time to drive out of town to hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked this fun trail today with my parents in their 50s and my youngest sister who is 12. Not at all difficult for me but a little slippery on the way down. Beautiful views to the South and a very pretty waterfall at the trailhead. Strongly recommend!

12 days ago

One of our family favorites. Strenuous, but not impossible.

hiking
13 days ago

steep trail, beautiful at the top

The Falls were beautiful and worth every step of the hike. If you have children be very careful as the lower 2/3 of the trail has very jagged rocks and exposed roots. Will definitely hike this trail again when we are in the area.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike other than a fact I got stung/bit by something that caused my knee to swell but still I would highly recommend to someone who wants to go on a relaxing and just overall chill hike

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