Black Rock Nature Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

Black Rock Nature Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Linville, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 291 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

bird watching





This moderately sloped and rocky trail runs out a mile through northern hardwood and spruce forests. It leads to Black Rock, with great views of the Swinging Bridge, MacRae and Attic Window Peaks, as well as Beacon Heights and Grandmother Mountain to the southwest.

10 months ago

Rocky with many roots but good workout. Nice panorama view at end.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Great view at the end. It had rained an hour before we got on the trail so it was muddy in places. It is a rocky trail so the rocks were slippery too. At the end there is a ladder and then a rope to pull you up on the rock. The ladder needs more steps for short people.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Great views & trails! Only setback was we didn’t realize Black Rock was inside the grandfather mountain park & had to pay $20 each to hike. Other than that, we had a great time!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice little trail. Rocky and muddy in spots as other reviewers mentioned, but nice. True, there isn't much to see along the way, but the view from the rock is nice. We hiked on a Saturday and the trail want very crowded at all, which was nice compared to crowds at the bridge above. Worth the time it took.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rocky and muddy in spots. Definitely a moderate rating. Loved it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Decent hike, fairly easy. Trail was rocky and muddy. Downhill from parking lot. Lots of rhododendron along trail. No views along the way. View at end is atop a big rock that is a 3-4 stride up with the aid of a cable. Nice view and nice spot for lunch if not too crowded (and too crowded meaning more than 4 people there- the Rock is not that big that it can comfortably accommodate more than 4-5 people sitting). Basically, the view is what you get at the swinging bridge, just lower down and less crowded.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Short but relatively rocky trail that leads to great views at Black Rock, which you climb with the help of a rope ladder. The trail begins near the summit, inside the Grandfather Mountain attraction.

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