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Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak

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Pisgah National Forest

Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 2,007 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble
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Dogs: Although dogs are allowed on the trail, this trail contains ladders that dogs cannot climb. If your dog is not small enough to lift, it is not recommended to bring a pet on this route. 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. 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. Access to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail will depend upon Blue Ridge Parkway closures. Visitors should consult the NPS real-time map of Blue-Ridge Parkway closures before heading to that side of the park.

Grandfather Mountain Home Page http://grandfather.com/ Park map (PDF download) http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/pics/parkmap.pdf

This is very challenging hike with steep, craggy trails and occasionally treacherous footing. The trek to the summit and back can take 5 to 7 hours, no matter how fast you typically hike. Weather is the wild card at Grandfather Mountain: Storms can blow in very quickly, bringing hail, lightning and pounding rain. Blizzards are common from late fall through early spring. Signs along the trails advise what to do if a storm hits. Take a moment to read them. Hikers are required to fill out a registration slip at the sign board just beyond the Boone Fork parking area. You'll need your license tag number, cellphone number, and an emergency contact number. What to bring: Sturdy hiking boots with good traction Clothing layers for rapidly changing weather: it can be hot at the trailhead, cool and breezy at the summit, and very wet if a storm hits. Enough water for a long hike Snacks to keep your energy level up Hiking poles if you use them. Park map as a backup.

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Deanna J
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BackpackingGreat!RockyScramble

I adored this trail. Fun ladders, gorgeous fall colors, and great all around.

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Matt Miles
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Great overlooks and forest setting. Rocky and rooty. Only dog friendly if you're up to carrying your dog up a ladder. If you want to see the plane crash it's before the first ladder at mile 3.1 to the right of the trail.

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fred westaway
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

We did a bit more than this. starting at cold prong parking area. this trail was an awesome hike to callaway peak. it had diverse terrain and difficulty. it got busy later in the afternoon, but we were already descending. spent lunch at watauga view. the plane crash site is a must see. highly recommend if you capable, it is challenging...

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david foley
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Mike Plage
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

The diversity of this trail is what sets it apart for me. Starting down at creek level amongst ferns, and ending at one of the blue ridge’s highest peaks, you really get a wide array of views. It is definitely muddy at times, rooty, and includes some tough ladder/ rock scrambles up at the peak. Leave early, and bring lunch and a drink to enjoy the peak (best views on a clear day). It took my wife and I about 4 hours to the top and back at a moderate pace, not including a 45 min lunch break at Watauga view near the summit.

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Rebecca Powell
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely beautiful trail. Amazing views. Cragway was totally worth it. Taxing trail but not too hard, even with an extra mile thrown in at the beginning.

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Lauren Goldboss
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HikingGreat!
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Jon Ter Poorten
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Hiking

Awesome hike. The stretch from Calloway Gap to Attic Window is one of the best in the state.

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Trey Benfield
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I am deeply ambivalent about this trail. Its fairly tough and there are not a lot of views. The Cragway section is particular is rough. There are a couple of great viewpoints though. For the most part this trail is a rough trek through mountain laurel, rhododendron, and spruce. However, once you get close to Calloway Peak it gets really interesting. The plane crash is super cool and the ladders are fun. The view at the top is OK. We backpacked it and spent the night at the Hi-Balsam campsite. We had a tent and left the shelter for a bigger family to use. All the campsites on the way up looked really nice. Pack plenty of water because once you pass the Daniel Boone campsite, there is none. It was fine. Glad we did it. Just don't go expecting sprawling vista views.

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Divya A
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By 9:45 am on long-weekend saturday, the trail head parking was full. We parked at what's called "Calloway Peak view trail" parking and walked the 0.3 miles along the road to the trail-head. On our way back after almost 6 hours we saw several cars parked on the grass. We took the Nuwati+Cragway route up which was fairly strenuous but outstanding views! Probably better than Calloway Peak itself. The DBS trail continues to Calloway from Flat rock view. This section has a different fauna and is completely wooded. Dark colored tree trunks look like bears :D Towards the very end there are 3 back to back non-scary ladders. The peak itself was quite a tiny area and crowded. We just clicked a few pictures and headed back. Used the Raven's roost campsite platform to enjoy our packed lunch and cool down before heading back. The plane crash wreckage is right by the campsite. Took the DBS trail all the way back to parking lot, this seemed longer somehow and deserted. No views. I would probably take the Nuwati-Cragway trail out and back if I were to do this hike again.

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Aaron Webb
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Longest 3 miles I've ever walked. Calves were tired on the way up and knees hurt on the way down. Did it in pouring raining and still didn't get injured though. Will do it again some day.

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Giles Blankenship
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I took DBS trail out and on the way back, where cragway trail comes in, I took it to Nuwati and Nuwati to Boone Fork Parking area. Nuwati, an easy trail, was a good cool down. Some gently sloped terrain but it really is uphill there and downhill back. Enjoy. Take enough water and enjoy a lunch at Calloway Peak.

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paul audette
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great trail. hard on feet. but views and being outside is what it's about.

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GM Cornett
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Very steep terrain with a multitude of rock and root surfaces. Hiked in the rain resulting in trail being very saturated and muddy but great workout up to Calloway Peak and back to pva at mile marker 299.5 on the BRP.

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Emily McCloy
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail with a gorgeous view at the top of Calloway Peak. There are 3 ladders that are not scary (coming from someone terrified of heights). The diversity of the trail adds a lot of interest- starting in rhododendron, then ferns, then moss. So beautiful the entire 7 miles. We took the Cragway portion of this loop on the way up, and it was a lot more scenic than the Daniel Boone Scout lower loop we took on the way back. However, you are walking in a muddy spring the entire time so you need boots. We also managed to get our pup to the top by going around the ladders.

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Rachel Miller
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Russ LeDonne
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Parked on parallel road a half mile below Blueridge Parkway as lot was full. A good gradual ascent up DB through forest and then up ladders to the summit. A bit cramped for space at the final view. Returned via Cragway Trail, a steep, rocky and muddy descent with some good views at outcroppings.

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Tim Blong
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MuddyRocky

We took the Nuwati side to Cragway then onto the DBS. Trail is rocky with many roots and some mud in spots but overall good shape. There are great views early in the Flat Rock area along Cragway. Cragway very narrow and very rocky in spots. DBS is dense forest and very green with ferns and moss, beautiful hiking. There are several ladders to negotiate before hitting the summit so those with dogs take care. View from summit outstanding but clouds can obscure views if unlucky. We turned back from here but several options to make hike longer. Please note parking area can get busy and best to do this early or late to avoid peak times.

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J Maddox
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Very nice with a great view at the top

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Rich T
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Since we were turned away at grandfather Mountain due to not having reservations, we hiked Daniel Boone Scout Trail, but only to flat rock view since we were pretty exhausted by that point so we continued the loop back. The north half of the Nuwati loop Is more challenging and has all the good views and spectacular photo opps. The south side of the loop is still beautiful, but just woods with no lookouts. There was no mud, and it didn’t seem like the trail would be muddy if it had rained a little recently. We hiked Wednesday July 8th and met ony about a dozen hikers on the trail, so we were actually happy to have done this less trafficed trail than Grandfather Mtn.

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Tanae McLean
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We hiked this trail in July and the temperatures were perfect! At the recommendation of a park ranger at the start, we took the Nuwati and Cragway Trail up to Calloway Peak and the Daniel Boone Scout Trail on the descent. It was a heck of a workout with plenty of rocky and rooty areas, as well as ladders that you have to climb to get to the peak, but worth every step! I will definitely do this trail again!

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