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Flat Rock Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Linville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from January until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 137 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Sm Quinn
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Hiking

Totally awesome!!! The flowers, the view and the rocks are made to sit and enjoy the view. Out of this world.

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Regina Kallweit
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Hiking

Nett und kurz. Für Zwischendurch super geeignet.

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Spence Young
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Hiking

Great short trail. Saw rhododendron, mountain laurel and flame azaleas in bloom. Great vistas too!

Garrett Murrell
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Hiking

Nice little hike. Clean, not crowded, and quite scenic for how casual it is. Honestly, first good hike I’ve had all year.

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David Miller
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HikingBlowdown

Short walk in the woods affording one small view from Flat Rock.

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Austin Miller
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HikingBlowdown

Quick walk through the woods with one mediocre outlook.

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Anna Pitts
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Hiking

Beautiful short hike and views!

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Kristi Yarnall
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Hiking

Nice short hike with excellent view. Although need to proceed on loop along flat rocks to appreciate the entire view.

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Gloria Poe
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Hiking

A short trail up through the forest to a rocky overlook and back down. We saw a lot of birds and flowers. It’s very peaceful on top. The trail has a lot of outdated signs about the flora that are incorrect, but it didn’t bother us.

Beata Jeziorska
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Hiking

Easy hike. Nice, open space view and chill out area at the summit.

Heather Minor
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Hiking

10/10 recommended! Great for a quick hike with lots of different places to picnic, rest, take photos. Views overlook the valley. Gorgeous to go about an hour before sunset.

Heidi Pavlikowski
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Hiking

Though it was very foggy today, there is still a peacefulness and beauty to this short loop. (I remember it being a gorgeous view when I was last on it, though, back in Spring of 2016.)

Lindsey Druhan
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Hiking

Kid friendly easy walk to a beautiful overlook.

Michelle Parker
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Hiking

Quick and beautiful loop with lots of cool foliage to enjoy. Loved the top views with great photo spots. Keep walking to the edge to see great views. Could have sat there for hours. Lots of blueberry bushes! Nice rock formations on loop to take pics on too.

David Miller
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Hiking

Mini trail that leads to a major, spectacular view! Great place for some intimate time with your friend too...wink, wink.

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Jillian Fisher
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Hiking

Great little trail to walk/run with a good view of the valley in the middle & nicely fern moss covered. Nice rock outcrop without risk of falling over the edge.

Kim Norris
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Hiking

great trail with information about trees along the trail

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Osvel Molina
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Hiking

Cool trail easy to navigate and has signs all over that teach about the flora and geology. Be careful when walking on the rocks at the top as they might be slippery

Keith Dellenger
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Hiking

It was a little uphill at the beginning but not too bad. It has been years since I hiked this trail and the view isn't, as open as it used to be. Still worth the hike.

Jeff West
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Backpacking

Great short hike to have lunch.

Lindsey Chandler
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Hiking

Absolutely love this trail. Easy walk to expansive, beautiful views. An excellent choice for a quick hike with great payoff. Foliage is amazing along the trail itself. Be sure to check out the plaques!

Molly Stillman
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Hiking

My husband, my 5 year old daughter and I did this short hike over Labor Day weekend and we really enjoyed it! It’s a quick hike to the top and beautiful views of the Linville Valley and Grandfather Mountain. It was easy enough for my 5 year old but just “challenging” enough to get the heart rate elevated and feel good afterwards. Lots of places to sit and take in the views. We will definitely do this short hike again.

Taylor Lyda
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Hiking

Such a lovely quick and easy hike. I did this trail in the summer in sandals. Not hard, very god for families with small children. Sunny day made for beautiful views.

Laurel Turner
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Hiking

Super easy trail to an extremely expansive view. Multiple places to enjoy the view, more chipmunks than I could count. Pretty wildflowers. Loved it

Gillian Stewart
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great hike with nice views throughout, able to take both my dogs on it without difficulty . moderate traffic .

Cara Chapel
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Nature trips

One of my favorite walks-- I like to take my lapdogs; it's not too difficult for them. Interesting wildflowers at various seasons, nice views. I don't know why someone said this trail has a babbling brook; it definitely has nothing more brook-like than the drainage ditch by the parking lot.

Mike Koenig
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Hiking

Easy and has great views at the flat rocky section justly named Flat Rock.

Kristen Black Yoxall
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Nice easy short hike. My 2.5year old did it with ease. There are some roots and rocks. Great view even with all the clouds!

Jerry Spencer
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Hiking

Great hike if you only have less than 45 minutes. Super convenient as trail head off of Blue Ridge Parkway. Great views, plenty or rock areas to explore.

Clementine Kruczynski
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Hiking

loved it. pretty easy all the way in and out

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