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Kate Carter reviewed Doughton Recreation Area Loop
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HikingGreat!

Hiked 11/29. Very scenic, well-marked and well-maintained. Definitely an easy trail from a technical perspective, as the grade is low and steady throughout and the rocks are few. It would be a great family backpacking trip, especially given the abundance of shelters and campgrounds. The middle 7.6 miles are absolutely stunning, surprising given how few people we saw all day. The section through fields reminds me of hiking in Northern Spain or the Scottish Highlands. You intersect the Parkway multiple times, even paralleling it along the MST. As a result, the trail has a New Deal vibe to maintenance. Trees are cut down to make views and they have used stone walls to control erosion: both highly effective, but this is not a hike to see old growth forest. Definitely stop to see the Brinegar Cabin and to explore the Bluffs Inn and restaurant (both closed). Trail parking easy to find (though turn left not right at the final turnoff). If you are hiking November-January, make sure to WEAR ORANGE as the trail parallels the boundaries of gamelands. Otherwise, you can take one of many additional trails down to avoid being along the boundary.

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We were looking for an “easy” trail with some mountain views, as a family with 2 elementary school-aged kids and a toddler who wants to do everything (hike and climb) by herself. Well, we got some great views, as the leaves were gone, since it was November, but I would definitely call the trail moderate, not easy. Steep downhill section at the beginning, then a few ups and downs, narrow trail with a bit of rock scrabbling. The girls all did really really well, but it was definitely a bit nerve racking at times with our youngest. I would definitely recommend this trail, but think it should be upgraded to moderate based on terrain, even though it is a short hike.

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Chip Edwards reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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Hiking

clearly marked trail, lots of view spots, forest, grass areas.

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Stephanie Lovett reviewed Cedar Ridge Trail to Brinegar Cabin
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Hiking

Delightful trail. Definitely best to do it from Longbottom Road up to Brinegar Cabin so that you do the uphill part fitter!

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David Rauch reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Did this hike two weeks ago and had great weather. Mix of forest and open fields with some nice views, better than the one from Bluff Mtn. There were a couple of steep sections but I would rate the difficulty as borderline easy/moderate. The only negative for me was having to walk next to the Parkway a good bit

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Rachel Frederick reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

Great trail not strenous at all just long if you do this from the cabin parking area.

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Cynthia Novatski Hoch reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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Backpacking

Wonderful but long and steep. Did it from Long Bottom up. The views at the top are perhaps the best in NC. Breathtaking.

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Ely Branch reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail . Wasn't to strenuous.

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Terry Tucker reviewed Doughton Recreation Area Loop
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BackpackingGreat!
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Dana Hicks reviewed Wildcat Rocks Overlook
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Scott Humphreys reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Beautiful late October day for a hike around these high meadow trails. There are several parking areas off the BRP with trail access, so there are a good number of people out in the main viewing points. We added a side hike to Brooks Knob, adding 600 or 800ft of elevation change and getting a bit out in the backcountry woods. It's a lesser used trail. but in good enough shape. Not many views in the woods, but as the leaves are thinning we were able to see the surrounding ridges.

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Riley Mort reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Gorgeous well maintained trails. Gorgeous rocky trails you could only see here and in the Scottish highlands.

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Aaron Needham reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful foot trail through the woods up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trail follows along the Wilderness Reserve. The trail is straight up on the way there but a wonderful hike on the way back down.

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https://youtu.be/PUeY562ObMsup. (my video of Wildcat Rock). The view of the water tower and Cove is within .2 miles. The Fodder Stack Trail goes sharply downhill and has a few side views but no views at the end of the loop with leaves on the trees. One sharp climb up some rocks but nothing too hard. Steep incline back up. Good overall hike

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Crystal Willett reviewed Wildcat Rocks Overlook
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short. beautiful view.

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Emily Richeson reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Fun out and back with beautiful views. Trail is not technical, some hills nothing super steep or long.

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Satyankar Janmejay reviewed Wildcat Rocks Overlook
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Decent short trail bird doing it in September gives the bonus of the most amazing blanket of white wildflowers I have ever seen. Worth an extra star on rating

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Jason Reiling reviewed Wildcat Rocks Overlook
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Hiking

Quick walk to overlook.

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Mason Calloway reviewed Bluff Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

Easy little there & back that didn’t feel all that much like a climb but more so a slow burning flat walk. Got a few gorgeous views in some open fields ladened with cattle and a beautiful overlook of the blue ridge mountains towards the end. The actual treasure is roughly a mile before the end of the trail where you are to turn around on top of the hill.

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Hiking

We stopped here for a short hike before heading home to South Carolina. It is a nice decent trail with a short loop at the end to circle back and ascend same trail. I loved it! Perfect weather day in the mid 50’s, but felt warmer. The trail does not look heavily traveled. There were a few spots that were a little muddy, but no problem. The whole area around the Fodder Stack trail is nice. Lots of nice picnic areas close by. The entrance to the water tower, overlook, Fodder trail is opposite the vistor’s center. It didn’t appear very well marked. I hope to go back and hike the trail again some day. I enjoyed the effort of the elevation changes. But I live in an area that is very flat. Take your hiking poles with you on this trail. You won’t regret it.

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Hiking

Beautiful short hike! Some good elevation change and rock stepping. It was 64 and breezy. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!

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