Best bird watching trails in Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

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Explore the most popular bird watching 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.
Map of bird watching trails in Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
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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
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Top trails (41)
#1 - Sharp Top Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#2 - Craggy Pinnacle Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 25 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Weather conditions, maintenance projects or emergency events may cause temporary road closures along the parkway. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm 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 the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your trail hike starts in the parking lot. Then continue to the upper parking lot where you will see the parkway sign "Craggy Dome" the trail head is just on the other side indicated by a sign. The first part of the trail is covered by color as the plants create a canopy in which you walk under on the trail. The first part of the journey is a gradual climb; then you reach a bend and a nice elevated rock with a view. The trail then leans more upward until it reaches a fork to the right where there is a plateau and many scenic overlooks. As you loop back around the trail with a sign states left to the upper lookout and right to the lower lookout. The lower lookout just allows you to see the visitor center and the mountains in the distance about a 180 degree view. If you want to feel like you are on top of the world take the upper lookout trail until you reach the rock wall with stairs. As you emerge from the stairs you will see a 360 degree lookout with a beautiful scenic landscape of the Blue Ridge mountains, the Asheville watershed lake, and more. What goes up must come down as the walk down the mountain trail is a lot more easier than going up.Show more
#3 - Craggy Gardens Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Please note, in the wintertime the parking area closes for this trail which adds an additional half mile each way to the trip. This trail is off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy Gardens and has great mountain views.Show more
#4 - Mountains to Sea Trail: Folk Art Center to Haw Creek Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 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 Haw Creek Valley. Trail follows Blue Ridge Parkway roadway North from Folk Art Center MP 382.0 to mountain just above Haw Creek Valley Overlook MP 380. There is a lot of roadway noise on this trail from traffic traveling on the Parkway. Lots of wild mushrooms and some wildflowers.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 - Lane Pinnacle
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
This is a challenging but not too long trail with breathtaking views. The climbs begin early and there are amazing overlooks throughout. Users will find beautiful flora, and in some parts hike through meadows in the middle of the woods. Beware that there can be slippery rocks and a fair amount of mud. Traveller tip: get a takeout lunch at Well-Bred Cafe in Biltmore Village, bring some camp chairs and make it a lunch date at one of the several lookouts.Show more
#7 - Cascades Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
#8 - Mountains to Sea Trail: Craven Gap to Lane Pinnacle
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
#9 - Douglas Falls Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
#10 - Bullhead Mountain and Locust Knob
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
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