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Glen Burney Trail

MODERATE 281 reviews
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Glen Burney Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 666 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: Easy going to the falls - mostly flat and downhill. Watch your footing, as there are a lot of exposed roots and rocks that can catch your foot. Visible houses along the first half of the trail, but this is to be expected being so close to downtown Blowing Rock.

hiking
bugs
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
rocky
17 days ago

Beautiful falls. Although steep in places with many roots and rocks.

hiking
20 days ago

Downhill out and uphill back. Hike back is fairly strenuous. Lots of exposed tree roots to navigate. Beautiful scenery of woods, rocks, waterfall and The Ruins. Sounds of rushing water make for a relaxing hike.

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked this trail down to the lowest waterfall yesterday. It was very busy at the upper portion of trail (no surprise on holiday weekend in-town trail). Fortunately it got a lot less crowded lower down as trail got a bit more technical. Have previously hiked when it is more peaceful and lovely. Biggest issue was WEIRD BLUE DISCOLORATION OF WATER starting in town at Broyhill park pond and running all through the entire creek and waterfalls along the way. See attached photo.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

Moderate to strenuous. Beautiful views of three cascades. Narrow, rocky and many exposed tree roots made this a bit more strenuous than what we expected.

hiking
29 days ago

I would definitely not recommend this trail for children or elderly who may not have good footing. The trail is very steep in many places and coming back up is quite the incline. I consider myself to be very in shape and the incline was challenging for us. However, that aside it was beautiful. I would not recommend going after rainfall as the trail will likely be very slick. It’s a great trail if you’re looking for amazing views and something challenging!

hiking
muddy
rocky
29 days ago

Great trail. Little muddy but that was to be expected considering the rain recently. Quite a few roots which made it a little difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike so close to Blowing Rock.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

First and foremost we loved the falls. Overall the hike wasn’t terrible but trail is very narrow in sections, or slick. A number of sections required to travel across roots or rocky sections that you had to take precaution on especially coming back. This is downhill there and uphill back. Added benefit is that there are 2 falls to visit. Each only a short distance from each other. Several age groups and physical conditioning were on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Pleasantly surprised at the waterfall, very beautiful. Fun hike, downhill going then uphill back out. Went on weekday and wasn’t crowded at all.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Although this trail is very close to the town of Blowing Rock and conveniently located, it was longer than the 2.1 mile hike described above (more like 3 miles) and there are no signs for distance once on the trail meaning you have little clue about how far you’ve gone. Additionally, there is no clearly marked end of the trail, you simply keep walking until you reach “private property keep out” signs on the trail. Other than that the trail was in decent condition and did offer multiple views of the falls! I recommend this for anyone already in town looking for some extra miles and a waterfall!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, relatively easy trail (the uphill home is definitely “moderate” in places) and the falls are pretty. Nice hike when on limited time.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great trail close walking distance to downtown Blowing Rock. Ages 7-70 in our group. Was dry when we went, but could be rough if it has recently rained. Walking stick recommended. Say hello (and smile) to people when you pass them.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with in city limits. Just to clear up previous post the trees were all cleared off today. Nice moderate trail with a couple of really nice cascade falls. The best part is that when your done You come out in downtown Blowing Rock.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

I would not suggest this trail for parents with small children or older adults with any balance issues. It starts nice & flat but quickly becomes a haven for tree roots & rocks that easily trip hikers. Because it is a dirt trail it becomes very muddy and slick when it rains. The “overlook” for the Falls was disappointing, had we known this my group would have turned around at the first small falls we passed, about three quarters of a mile in. (This is mostly due to the fact that it began to rain while we were at the overlook & therefore had to hike almost a mile back to our car soaking wet). Very pretty and green and follows the stream the whole way. I would like to try it again when it isn’t raining for the hike back up. Maintenance was being done today, to get rid of some of the overgrowth onto the trail but I don’t think there’s much to be done about the 5 or 6 trees across the trail. This doesn’t make it impossible to continue, just slows you down a bit.

hiking
2 months ago

I wish I could give the trail 4 stars and the trail maintenance 2 stars. While hiking, my wife and I encountered a number of young families carrying small children in baby carriers and back packs that had to turn around due to the number of mid-size trees that have blown down across the trail. There is a nice new bridge but a few hours of trail maintenance to address these obstructions would be time well spent. Blowing Rock is such a family friendly community with the downtown playground. Cleaning up the trail for the benefit of young and old hikers would make this trail enjoyable for all.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail will fool you. Just because it is close to town doesn’t mean it will be an easy outing. It is steep and slick in places. The falls are nice. It is a little unkempt.

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muddy
3 months ago

Tough hike in the rain - slippery on the way down and exhausting on the way back up from the waterfalls. Glen Marie Falls isn’t worth the extra lost elevation, but Glen Burney Falls is definitely worth the hike back up to Blowing Rock for a well-deserved ice cream at Kilwin’s Chocolates!

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over grown
3 months ago

This trail is more like moderate; lots of stumps, mud, ups and downs, roots, and rocks. The only easy part is the first 500 meters; then it’s down. Don’t do it when wet or rainy. Other than that, it’s a good challenge with several good side trips to water falls. Great public parking just above the trailhead, if that parking is full.

hiking
3 months ago

We really liked this hike. It is not our preferred style, that is, for this hike you walk downhill first and uphill and the way back. It is so close to downtown and the falls are great. My wife carried our 17lb infant and it was challenging for her, but not too bad.

hiking
3 months ago

A definite must if your visiting Blowing rock. The trailhead is right in the middle of town. You would never know it was there. It is in my opinion in between moderate and hard. The falls are worth the hike and completely accessible. Fun but short hike.

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muddy
3 months ago

Nice out and back. Under construction so a little muddy. New bridge so you don’t have to cross the stream. I’d rate it a medium not hard.

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

A fun trail to see some waterfalls. Dog and kid friendly. Be prepared for the hike back, mostly up hill.

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