Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak

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Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2162 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

You will need a permit to hike this trail. One of the Parkway's most rewarding hikes climbs 2,000 feet (one way) in 3.5 miles from the Boone Fork lot at Mile 299.5 Grandfather Mountain, the most iconic peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville, N.C., and the Virginia state line, practically dares hikers check out to its highest crags. Because the peak is so prominent on the Parkway, it's only natural to answer Grandfather's challenge from one of the road's turnouts. My favorite way to hike this route is to start out from the Boone Fork parking area on the Tanawha trail, take the right turn at the Nuwati Trail, follow it to the left turn at Cragway Trail, and pause at the Flat Rock junction with the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. From there, take the Scout Trail to the high point at Calloway Peak, and return on it all the way to the trailhead. Best time to go: The autumn colors of late early October will be spectacular, but the weekend crowds may dim the glow (weekdays should be far less crowded). The rhododendron bloom of early June is another great time to go. Early winter, before the first blizzards, and early spring, after the snow's melted, offer the best views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Winter is the least-advisable time to attempt this hike: the Parkway is typically closed and deep snow can totally obscure the trail.

2 days ago

Perfect distance for a good workout, fairly steep, with a decent elevation change of about 2200ft. Fun opportunities to scramble over rocks and climb ladders. Beautiful vistas that unfortunately are often obscured by fog and low clouds given certain weather. Given that it’s along a ridge, there are still many areas where you are on tight single track. Beautiful flora, opportunities for fauna sightings, and even remains of an old airplane. . . Good hike to enjoy and still have tons of day left to go into blowing rock for drinks, shopping, and some food.

9 days ago

Nice views and well maintained.

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1 month ago

Get ready for the roughest, for its length, trail you’ve ever hiked. Without a doubt my favorite if you can make it to the end. Don’t expect the plane until near the very end on the right right before the first ladder that climbs the peak. Also, just avoid the first couple miles of the scout trail because there’s nothing worth seeing what so ever, yet the right side features some of the best, yet most dangerous views you’ll ever see. Pack a small lunch, maybe four bottles of water, and some extra shoes and socks because even on a dry day they’ll most likely still get soaked. Do not forget to fill out your check in sheet (on the map board) you’ll come across right after the bridge near the start or they will send a search party for you.

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1 month ago

This is a great trial tool about four hours.... pack a sandwich and have lunch at the peak and you won’t be sorry, most amazing views ever....not for the meek, a bit strenuous at the top but well worth it..

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2 months ago

Beautiful tour of NC forest ecosystems.

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2 months ago

Recommend this trial. Took little less than 5 hours round trip with a stop for lunch. Better than Profile. It had rained for a few days prior so was muddy and rocks were slippery. Need good traction on shoes!! Take Cragway trail on way down for a great change of scenery!! But not if you're afraid of heights ;)

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2 months ago

Very pretty hike with a great map and hiking suggestions.

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2 months ago

Steep, rocky, muddy, slippery. Physically and mentally challenging trail. I was not too lucky and although the weather was nice, visibility at the Calloway Peak was very poor. Overall a good hike with beautiful views.

-There's a crashed airplane from 1978 just a few yards off the trail and if you look around when hiking, you won't miss it (it's located about 3 minutes before you reach the first ladder).