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
2299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

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.

hiking
18 hours ago

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

5 days ago

9 days ago

hiking
15 days 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
26 days ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad hike, not my favorite. Lots of roots and muddy patches to watch out for so make sure you wear high ankle waterproof boots. Views from the top are pretty good to the southwest, especially on a clear day, but the other side is nothing spectacular. Worth checking out again in the fall to see the foliage

hiking
1 month ago

trail was great - a little muddy in spots but well worth the trip up

hiking
1 month ago

awesome hike, beautiful terrain, well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Yesterdays hike was nice. The weather was not great. Raining most of the hike. Still I enjoyed the hike. I do agree that going to Calloway peak by way of Nuwatil trail is the way to go. If you are not in shape i would not recommend the trail .But hike was worth the effort

hiking
1 month ago

The first time we hiked this trail we only went up to the Flat Rock view junction and took the Cragway and Nuwati trails back down to the parking area. This was an awesome loop with amazing views, especially on the Cragway trail. A few months later (with a few more hikes under our belts) we came back to conquer the entirety of the Daniel Boone trail. It was certainly challenging but manageable! We took our time, brought lots of water and some snacks and were glad we did. The views from Calloway Peak are awesome but there is limited space at the top (and while we were there 1000s of flies). We somehow lost the trail for a few minutes on the way back down so keep your eyes peeled for the white blazes!

hiking
2 months ago

My daughters (10 and 8) and I did this hike. It was so fun and the view at the top is amazing

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail! Pretty difficult on the way up and down, but the view at the top was well worth it. There are very nice campsites all along the trail.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I was driving between Charlotte, NC and Bristol, VA and found this on AllTrails. I needed a hike rated as hard for training. This fit the bill, and it is hard. I went up via the Daniel Boone Scout Trail and came back down the Cragway Trail. The distance and elevation wasn't super bad, but the shear quantity of large roots, rocks and step-ups made this one of the toughest day hikes for its length I have done on the east coast. Not as bad as Old Rag in Shenandoah, but very tough for distance, elevation and terrain. I was able to knock it out in just under 3 hours carrying a 35 pound pack on the way up, dumped 20 lbs of water at the top.

From the parking lot you are immediately into a dense well developed forest mostly comprised of fir trees, and moss covered ground. At times the forest reminded of hikes I have done in the northwest. With the exception of a few places you are constantly stepping up on rocks, constructed stairs or large roots. The trail is well marked and blazes are usually visible. There were only a few times that I needed to rely on the blazes to follow the trail up. Towards the top there are a couple of rock scrambles and ladders that have to negotiated. The view from the Summit was worth it.

From Flatrock Junction I came split off onto Cragway. For what it lacked in roots and steps it made up for it in large slabby rocks. Most of the trail felt like I was walking down a gully wash between think groves of rhododendron and Mt. Laurel. The thick bushes would at times obscure the view, but when I occasionally popped out onto rock outcrops it made all the more stunning.

After descending to the Nuwatti trail the terrain immediately changed to a slowly descending trail made up of rocks ranging from golf ball to softball in size. The sun had set and I had to be careful not to twist an ankle, even with a headlamp. Fortunately, i was off the trail after 16 minutes.

I really liked this trail and will definitely hit it again sometime when I can take in the view a little longer. I would not recommend this for the casual hiker that is not in shape.