Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.5 miElevation gain469 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Trail is blazed in yellow and has great views. A small amount of scrambling is necessary.

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Martin Hemenway
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Hiking

Fantastic view at the top. Very steep incline on the way up, but worth it to get to the top. Not long, but v steep.

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William Brown III
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Araceli Rodriguez
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Lindsay K
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Hiking

Beautiful, rocky, wooded area. Reminded me a smidge of the Redwoods. The view at the top is gorgeous. Take hiking poles, if you have bad knees. Be prepared for lots of roots.

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Dale Glenn
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Hiking

Was looking for a shorter trail on the way home with some gradient and a chance for views. Driving through pea soup fog on the BRP for 45 minutes did not portend well for views. The gradient was still there. We took the clockwise route. All of the elevation gain is in the steep trail from the old road bed to the pinnacle. It is a beautiful hike even without clear views today. The woods had a spooky vibe. My 72 year old father had no issues with the trail. It took a minute to find the trail to loop back to the gate. The map here helped with that. I will come back to this one on a clear day for sure. There is probably room for three cars without blocking the gate. We didn't see anyone else on a clouded-in Sunday morning.

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Brenna Foster
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Fantastic trail! Agree with the others that it was quite steep but my kids (ages 4-14) and dog handled it just fine and the view was absolutely worth it. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail either, which was nice!

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Christopher Walkowski
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Donna Hubbard
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Hiked it starting left along the old logging road, missed the turn off the road and had to back track, met someother hikers that told me that coming from the right was very steep. Had my 11yo dog so I opted to back track after seeing the lookout. Bear musk on the trail very near the lookout so there may be a den near by. Be alert about this. Worth redoing for sure.

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Lauren Sanders
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HikingGreat!

This hike is worth it for the views but very steep if you follow the trail map. The directions lead you to parking for a different trail called Bald Knob Ridge at mile marker 355. You need to continue driving farther up the mountain a couple hundred yards to a white gate on your right. You can park off the road near the gate. Walk around the white gate which puts you on a dirt road. You can get to the top two ways. One way is to follow the trail map which is a loop. We took the dirt toll road until we saw the orange markers on the tree to the right which will guide you up to the view point. The second is once you walk through the gate straight ahead you will see a trail next to an orange no trespassing sign and that will take you up. This trail seemed easier to go up then the other one.

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- 5 months ago

The starting point has been updated. Thanks for the feedback!

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A N
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HikingGreat!

This trail was amazing! My girlfriend and I hiked it mid-day on a Tuesday. We were the only ones out there the entire time. Never saw another person from start to finish which I prefer. Very steep climb but the views at the top are more than worth it. We had a sunny and light clouded day so perfect for the views up top. I’d recommend taking the steeper section up and use the access road for the walk back. Park near the white gate but don’t block the gate. Trail is well marked all the way through with orange plastic diamonds.

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Matt Saines
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The views were great. It is quite steep, but worth it.

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Jay Dawahare
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Big incline, but the view at the top is worth it. There are also some fun tree tunnels to make the climb worth it

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Bill Watson
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HikingGreat!

Great loop hike near MP 355 along the BRP; there is a white gated entrance to the old Mount Mitchell Toll Road and you can park along the shoulders on the BRP. We noticed a rooty pathway to the right just past the gate but it was not well-marked. We went down the flat gravel road wondering where all the elevation gain was. We got to the right turn marked by orange diamonds and went pretty much straight up to the pinnacle from there. The path looked like it had just been cut, with lots of roots and very few flat spots. The top however was spectacular with a few rocky outcroppings and an awesome view. It can get crowded if the parking area looks crowded as not that much room to spread out on top. The trail down is tricky to spot at first - it's just below the outcrop to the right with some scrambling required, but once you are on your way down, you're treated to some beautiful galax lined pathways and less of a strain on the knees going down, ending up at that first rooty pathway right next to the gate. Some really cool spots along the way through the woods. Highly recommend this stop!

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Kyra Pruitt
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Jayson Moorman
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HikingGreat!Rocky

A top BRP trail for me. Not very hard at all, and a great payoff at the end. AND, barely any people on the trail, I may have seen 2 and that’s a stretch and this was middle of June. Get out there, it’s well worth. Happy hiking everyone

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Kimberly Campbell
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Challenging but worth every step when we made it to the top!

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Brooke Lefevre
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Marcia Ritchey
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Very rough trail. We did it in the rain & fog with 2 dogs. Might be easier in better weather but still a steep uphill (which was fine), but peak and the descent were very slippery. We both fell and the dogs slipped several times.

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Dom Aleandri
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I dont know what 9 year old James is talking about, he's 9 by the way, but this trail is impossible to find. we ended up hiking the bald knob ridge trail since it was where the directions for this trail guided us to.... it was nice, moderate, and had beautiful sections of thick canopy.

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James The Kid
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Ok, if your in to great views and don’t care how insane the trails can get, do this. The uphill is ummm... probably shouldn’t say it but it’s very steep. Even my dad had to use a hiking stick (I’m 9 btws) but the view is a 360 view point. Don’t let the moms talk you out of going far because the drop is into some bushes like six feet down, but awes ome trail!!! Bwt to start the trail go by the do not block gate. The map says park at Bald Knob trail so we had to turn left and walk down the road to find the white gate.

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Laurie Chin
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Hiking

If you’re a novice hiker, the uphill is no joke. BUT THE VIEW IS SO WORTH IT. You feel like you’re on top of the world with the trees & the mountain :) Wild berries, mushrooms and rocks make the journey up pretty incredible. Luckily, the second half is mostly downhill then flat to get back to the road. The trail head marked by a gate that says do not block gate/entrance. There was not a soul on the trail when we went on Wednesday

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Laurie Chin
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Bill Lanehart
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Forest walk to a 180° viewpoint.

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Brandon Ozuna
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HikingMuddy

Stunning view, worth the moderate incline up. Stuck to the right on the way up and was slightly intense with the dogs up but manageable. Bit muddy but not bad.

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Taylor Toomey
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail! If you start to the right, it’s a steep climb to the top, but a fairly short distance. The view at the top is stunning. The trail back is more gradual downhill but much longer. You walk down the access road for a good portion of the end.

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