Blackrock Mountain Trail

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blackrock Mountain Trail is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylva, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 437 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

blowdown

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scramble

hiking
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

Great hike. Probably one of the most secluded and interesting hikes so far this season. The hike offers a variety of experiences, including vistas, forest, and rock formations. As mentioned, trailhead is across from Visitor Entrance to Waterrock Knob (across BRP). The trail to Black Rock is really about 2.4 miles from trailhead according to my Apple watch. Overall, you will climb 1500 feet, going up and down the ridges. I found the trail to be marked okay. Look for the yellow and purple markings on the trees and rocks. This is a challenging climb and will require hands and feet at times. Give yourself some time to do this hike, it is slow going at some places. Wear pants, while the the growth has been cut back, there are some narrow trails.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Amazing hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike! Mostly moderate with a few tricky steep parts. Excellent views!

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

The start is unmarked and easy to miss but just look for an opening in the grass directly opposite the road leading to the visitors center. Friends and I hiked with a golden retriever and think the trail is “moderate”, great view at the end! As others mention, there are a few parts which are overgrown but you can easily look ahead to look for the trail. There are a few steep parts but is straight forward. Recommend to all!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

I did this hike on Saturday 10/05/2019 along with my dog a 30 lbs. Welsh Terrier. In response to some previous reviews I would like to make a few revisions. First, the trail is no longer overgrown to the point you can't see your feet. There are a few 'tight spots' but some brushing must have been done because the trail itself is clear. Second, there are no really difficult ledges on this trail. Yes there are a few steep scrambles but if you come to what appears to be a very high ledge that has to be scaled look again because you may have missed the passage. My dog was able to negotiate the entire trail without any assistance. The 12 foot ledge mentioned previously can be ascended by taking a few steps to the right then turning left. There is a passage up that is easily negotiated. Be careful at this point not to follow a herd trail that continues down along the cliff probably to a dead end. As has been mentioned the trail is not well marked and the markings that are there are sometimes deceiving. Twice it looks like they they want you to climb a cliff that you do not need to climb. That being said, probably 98% of the trail is very easy to follow. When in doubt just pause and scan the area once or twice and you'll probably see where you need to go. Keep in mind that the trail tries to stay on the top of the ridge and only leaves it for a short distance to skirt an obstacle. The trail up Yellow Face is not too difficult and the trail from Yellow Face down to a glade is very easy and gradual. From the glade on to Black Rock it becomes something of an obstacle course but is never really difficult. There are numerous spots along the trail with potential view points and the view from Black Rock can be excellent. However, Saturday it was a mute point as it was supposed to be a partly cloudy day but in fact remained socked in the whole day. There were no views at all. You win some and you lose some. The All Trails website lists the hike at 4.8 miles. But from the Browning view parking the total came to 5.1 miles.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

This is a great, challenging hike. I took another reviewer's recommendation and grabbed a trail map from the Waterrock Visitors Center where you park for this trail. Glad I did. To look at the elevation, you'd think the first hill is the hardest, but it's last bit that's the most challenging (and fun). There was one bit where I accidentally went around a rock instead of over it and that was a mistake so keep an eye out for the blazes. Some really tough spots for my dog, too, but he managed. Bring lots of water, there's no water for your filters along the way. It was a bit overgrown but not as bad as I was expecting and it should be getting better as the temps drop. No thorns at all, though! The view at the end is spectacular. Pretty sure I heard a bear but no visual confirmation and a judgemental crow heckled me on my way back.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

Great up and down hike. Trails are pretty well overgrown for 50% of the hike. No thorny bushes though so wasn't too bad. Good views at the end!

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

As described by others. The last 1000 feet is a doozy! Some exposure, and all hands and feet are needed. Sitting on the ‘Black Rock’ at the top is great.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

This trail is strenuous and mentally challenging but the views at the end are completely breathtaking. Took me (27 y/o), my husband (31 y/o), and our pup around 3.5 hours round trip to complete. Trail markers are infrequently placed across parts of the trail so pay careful attention that you are following the path. The visitors center at water rock knob actually has a map for this trail and it lists several unique land markers to be on the lookout for in lieu of trail markers. This map came in handy for us so I would recommend grabbing a copy before you head out. Lots and lots of wild life (birds, salamanders) and flora to admire along the way. There were occasional spots where we had to push our way thru stretches of flowers along with the hundreds of bees that were buzzing around. No stings, but a handful of the little guys did try and make the trip with us by latching onto our clothes. If you are fearful of bees or allergic, come prepared! Overall, this is an adventurers trail. As everyone has already explained, the trail is overgrown, narrow, and can be muddy. Vertical climbs are required as you begin to reach the summit. With all this said, you should challenge yourself with this climb! You will not regret it!

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views of the mountains and the forest. Rained once we reached the summit which made the trip back slightly slippery. Some climbing necessary but nothing crazy. Worth it!

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