Best trails in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Looking for a great trail near Blowing Rock, North Carolina? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park or Elk Knob State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Blowing Rock ranging from 1.1 to 11.8 miles and from 1,761 to 4,681 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Top trails (31)
#1 - Tanawha Trail from Rough Ridge Trailhead
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
#2 - Flat Top Mountain Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
Fairly easy trail that takes you along a few switchbacks and a nice walk along one of the parks many meadows. It begins at Flat Top Manor and along the way is short detour to Cone Cemetery. The trail is then switchbacks through the forest all the way to the summit with two decent overlooks along the way. Once you reach the top, you will find the fire tower which is about 4 stories and lets you stand just above the tree line.Show more
#3 - Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
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. In winter, users recommend going to the Asutsi trail parking area and hike up to the various connecting trails to reach Daniel Boone. 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.Show more
#4 - Glen Burney Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
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. Show more
#5 - Flat Rock View via Nuwati and Cragway Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Steep hike with nice vistas. Boulders and crags offer elevated views of the Boone Fork area. Trail links Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout trails, making a nice loop hike passing through rhododendron and blueberry thickets. Cragway is a steep, strenuous hike with grand vistas. Boulders and crags offer elevated views of the Boone Fork area. This trail links Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout trails, making a nice loop hike passing through rhododendron and blueberry thickets. Two notable outcropping views are at Top Crag view and Flat Rock View (just before you reach the Scout trail). Nice connector hike.Show more
#6 - Green Knob Loop
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Little traveled trail with two entrances off the Blue Ridge Parkway that includes Sims Creek as well as Sims Pond.Show more
#7 - Price Lake Loop Trail
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 56 m
Beautiful walk around a mountain lake, lots of obvious beaver activity. The Price Lake Loop Trail circles a beautiful mountain lake. This is a good hike for anyone due to the short distance and flat terrain. Some areas of the trail may be muddy after winter snows or spring rains. From the Price Lake Overlook, go to the left over the bridge. Follow the trail into the woods. As you walk around the lake you'll notice a lot of beaver sign on the surrounding trees. The muddy areas on the trail near the back of the lake are also a result of the beavers work. Continue following this easy, flat trail around the lake. You'll walk through a nice campground area as you return back to the parking area. Show more
#8 - Rich Mountain Carriage Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
Rich Mountain Carriage-Moses Cone Memorial Park-Blue Ridge Parkway is about is located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This is one of the many longer hikes in Blowing Rock North Carolina. This hike is attached to the Moses Cone Memorial Park trail system called the Rich Mountain Carriage Trail. To get to the starting point get off the Blue Ridge Parkway the exit before you reach Moses Cone Manor and take a right if you are going North on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head towards Shulls Mill Road, go under the Blue Ridge Parkway and pass Trout Lake on your right hand side. After Trout lake its about 1/2 mile on your right you will see a gate that looks like a private driveway. This is the start of the trail. The hike is a nice gradual incline that winds its way to a very large pasture where you can go right to Trout Lake or continue straight and then go right or left which is a loop around. The trail keeps going around the side of the mountain until you reach the upper meadow which is covered by many pretty wildflowers and butterflies. The trail continues to keep circling around the mountain until you reach the summit, where there is a brick wall and a nice oak tree to rest under for a few minutes. This hiking trail is great for families, dogs, and kids of younger ages. The trail is a very gradual incline and very wide enough for horses which frequent the trail.Show more
#9 - Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
#10 - Bass Lake Loop Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
This is a very family friendly walking trail in Blowing Rock North Carolina. It is part of the Moses Cone Memorial Park Trail system. The hike is about one mile in length but is a beautiful walk around the lake during any season. This hiking trail is a great stretch your legs type of hike after you have been driving in the car all day. Pets are welcomed on this trail but must be on a leash.Show more
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