Rough Ridge

MODERATE 192 reviews
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Rough Ridge is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
767 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

views

rocky

no dogs

hiking
16 days ago

18 days ago

Great views, moderate trail! One of the most popular in the area for college students

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Great workout. Rocky trail and skinny trail. Wet spots on the trail are a constant but small and manageable unless it starts pouring rain. I recommend hiking boots for traction purposes.

22 days ago

Great views.

hiking
24 days ago

A good tip is to hike up Rough Ridge trail and down Wilson Creek trail. Then you can thumb a ride back to your car or hike it. Make sure to pick a sunny day for the views

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views. Appropriate even for young kids (our youngest was 8).

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Definitely a "rough" ridge but wonderful scenery and views.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, easy hike, but don't stop after the boardwalk where you can dangle your feet off the rock. You're only halfway there and there is more to see at the top and other side trails to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Gorgeous views. Lots of rocks and heavy traffic, making it more touristy feeling than a true hike. But, as I said, gorgeous views.

hiking
1 month ago

I don't think a lot of people do this trail in it's entirety. I think most just do it up past the boardwalk then go back down. You're missing out if you don't do the whole trail. The trail is rated moderately strenuous and I agree. You're gonna sweat on this one. Wear hiking shoes for the best grip when climbing on the rocks. I slide up a few times yesterday with hiking shoes on. It might be easier to do the trail coming in from Wilson Creek. It's all up and down. Lots of rocks, boulders, roots, vegetation....beautiful views at the boardwalk. Parts of the trail were overgrown some. Park Ranger told me they didn't usually see many venomous snakes through there...good thing. lol I was worried about that coming across. Highly recommend the trail. Don't know if this would be a good trail for the whole family, just depends on what your family is used to doing. Not a lot of people on the trail until you get to the boardwalk area.

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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

The views were amazing. The pictures we took did reflect how spectacular they were. Would definitely do this trail again but with better hiking shoe. The rocks on the trail were somewhat slick not due to moisture but kind of sandy. Lots of people doing the trail . would not do this on a weekend for that reason alone.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

This trails is appropriately named. Views from the top are awesome.

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