Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak

HARD 114 reviews
#9 of 125 trails in

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
2299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

23 hours ago

Beautiful tour of NC forest ecosystems.

hiking
2 days 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 ;)

hiking
3 days ago

Very pretty hike with a great map and hiking suggestions.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
12 days 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).

15 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Good hike . Took a wrong turn coming down and followed a muddy trail that bypassed the steep rock face that I initially went up. Don't know if they are cutting in a new trail for that purpose but it worked.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome challenging trail with great views at the top and a lot to see on the way.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hit the trail around 7am and cleared the spider webs for everyone. Really enjoyed the trail, fairly technical with all the roots and rocks, so watch your step. I had my dog with me and decided not to carry him up the ladder, didn't want to sprain an ankle or drop my little dude, so I didn't get to the top of Calloway Peak. The view from the viaduct was amazing and satisfied all the hard work to get up there.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Had the pleasure of hiking the entire trail (Tanawha, Nuwati, Cragway, Daniel Boone , Scout Trail to Calloway Peak and back around to parking area) with my son and his buddy this past Sunday, July 16th. The trail was in good shape and the weather was perfect. Definitely a challenging hike, with plenty of roots, stones and elevation changes. Certainly not for the faint of heart, but absolutely worth every second!! Flat Rock Junction, The Viaduct view and the downed plane were great pit stops on the way up. Will be back again for sure!

hiking
2 months ago

Have done this hike several times and love it each time!