Best trails in Blue Ridge Parkway

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Looking for a great trail in Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia? AllTrails has 61 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 32 moderate trails in Blue Ridge Parkway ranging from 0.7 to 57.7 miles and from 662 to 6,400 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Blue Ridge Parkway
Park information
Park hours
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
(828) 271 4779
Top trails (61)
#1 - Sharp Top Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Please note that the bathroom, store, and visitor center is currently closed due to COVID 19.Show more
#2 - Rattlesnake Lodge Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Weaverville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
#3 - Craggy Pinnacle Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 28 m
Craggy Pinnacle Trail is one of the most beautiful trails to hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway when the Rhododendrons are blooming forming a canopy of magenta and purple color against the greenery and thShow more
#4 - Craggy Gardens Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy Gardens. Short trail with great mountain views.Show more
#5 - Waterrock Knob Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 40 m
Please note that the Blue Ridge Parkway closes seasonally due to snow and hazardous conditions. Please contact the park before visiting during the winter.Show more
#6 - Mountains to Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
The hike begins at Folk Art Center on the Mountains-to Sea Trail heading North to an area just above the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. The hike is a steady up hill climb to the top of the mountain above Show more
#7 - Cascades Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
Cascades Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deep Gap, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#8 - Apple Orchard Falls Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Apple Orchard Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bedford, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#9 - Douglas Falls Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
Douglas Falls Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers.Show more
#10 - Snowball Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 4 h 8 m
Trail starts near the entrance of the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area and follows the MST briefly before veering north on the Snowball Mountain Trail. There is a short but difficult climb to the top of SnoShow more
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