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, nature trips, 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.

Length2.3 miElevation gain666 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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This trail is easy going to the falls, and is mostly flat and downhill. Watch the footing, as there are a lot of exposed roots and rocks that can catch a foot. Visible houses along the first half of the trail, but this is to be expected being so close to downtown Blowing Rock.

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Jack Donovan
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Closed

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Bill Blackman
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Backpacking

I’ve walked this trail a number of times before; it’s a real gem in the middle of downtown Blowing Rock. My wife shops and looks around downtown, and I enjoy a nice walk. Unfortunately, the trail is currently closed for maintenance.

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Nate N
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Trail was crowded. Also just ended at a random point where there was a sign that said no trespassing past this point. However the views of the waterfalls were great

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Kelly Mullany Dewey
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Fun trail! Lots of roots the went with kids ranging from 6-15 the littlest were troopers but very tired.

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Courtney Cornelius
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Really enjoyed this hike - especially the Glen Burney falls at the end - but it was steep coming back up from the bottom. Just be mindful of that if you have anyone in your party who cannot navigate large rocks and exposed roots on narrow paths well.

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Kirk Cornell
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It was a quick hike in and a lot of cool little waterfalls along the way. I'm sure the trail is better maintained during peak seasons, but we experienced a trail of washed out roots. So watch your step and remember that coming back up from the great views will be the hard part of the hike.

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Wendy Falkner
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wow, great day for a hike. A really good workout on the way back

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Tanner Hedrick
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Nice short trail. Rocky and muddy so wear good shoes!

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Krystal Skarvelis
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Chris S
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Patrick Ryan
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Although not very long, the convenience to Blowing Rock - literally a short walk from downtown - the concentration needed on footing, and the fairly steep ascent back make this a good little hike/exercise. The two falls, cascades, and overlook are well worth the journey! (I planned to run the trail, but spent much more time walking, particularly on the way back up!)

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Sheila Haque
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Hiked about half way and then turned around since it was close to sunset. It was a lot of fun. Our kids are between 8-11 and they handled it well. Might be tough for kids under 7 if it’s muddy and a bit slippery.

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Avery Wilkerson
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Great trail! I’m a chubby boomer who had a knee replacement last year and I still wouldn’t rate this trail as “difficult.” We’ve hiked the trail many times over the years, with toddlers in backpacks or young kids in tow from time to time, and always managed fine. This was the first time we’d done it since it was “closed” and I have to admit that it seems to me that quite a bit of the path has maybe washed away. The trail is quite narrow with lots of roots to watch for, and there are a few places where this old lady was hauling herself up with the help of convenient rhodies, and yes we sat down a few times on the way back up, but it’s all very doable. 3 glorious waterfalls on one pretty trail? Sheesh, don’t complain about a few houses along the beginning of an in-town trail, just go have fun.

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Ben Koury
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Jyota Sasanishi
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Pretty nice trail to take a stroll but with vigilance eyes to look out for rocks down there. Today was cloudy, but it made the hike an easy feat. Still bring something to hydrate with and footwears to protect from slippage on mud, rain, and rock.

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Phil Solarana
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Kevin Corbin
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Incredibly disappointing. 3/10 of a mile into the hike there was caution tape and it was closed by a private homeowner doing some kind of work on the trail. No signs at the trail head to indicate this. Incredibly disappointed after driving 30 minutes to get here.

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Jacqueline Thomas
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Lots of tree roots along the trail. Going down was pretty easy. Coming back up was quite a challenge! Lots of great rocks to rest on and catch your breath on the way back up. Falls were very pretty all along the way. I thought this was on the high end of moderate.

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Michael Senterfitt
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Closed due to tree trimming.

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Keith Payseur
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All trails said the trail was 2.3 miles...was actually 3.1 miles

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Paul Gorom
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Excellent trail. I had a good sweet going.

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Doug Walton
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Going down was a little tricky w roots and rocks. I went after a rain so a little slippery. Coming back up from the falls was a little strenuous for a “boomer” who is in moderate shape. My dog Jackson dragged me uphill! Overall spectacular trail and hike given its in town Blowing Rock. Wouldn’t venture for folks who don’t like a little challenge and certainly not for my young grandkids. Glorious experience overall.

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Finch Dog
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Good trail but you can find many better trails around the area (or at least kind of close to the area). It was kind of muddy (but it did just rain). There some trash but a lot of sewer pipes. If you walk far enough you can see a small cascade (marked with a sign). There was a old sewage treatment plant (but it had been shut down for many years).

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Sydney Dewey
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Great trail. Muddy due to rain. Intense on the way back up, but overall would do it again!

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Jonathan Szopinski
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Great Winter Hike. Trail was muddy and a little icy in spots but manageable with all the rocks and roots on the trail for foot holds.

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Jason David
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Great trail - very icy in many areas. Getting to the bottom was worth it as the view was great. Plenty of rock outcrops to sit and have a snack.

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Caroline David
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It was fun but very icy!

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Jeanne Hecht
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Super icy. Had to turn back

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