Explore the most popular trails near Blowing Rock with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
2 days ago

Great variety in a short, easy hike. Nice Creek, mountain lake, crossing underneath BRP bridge, and meadows on top of Green Knob

hiking
3 days ago

Bridge is out but makes it fun to cross stream. Three big falls each one bigger than the last. Downhill to the falls then uphill back. Dog did great.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
5 days ago

The bridge is out but easy to get around. Falls are incredible this time of year and the trails aren’t too muddy.

Easy hike with marked pathways, bridges, and some dirt trail only. Great views of mountains from one side.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
7 days ago

Starts out with a view of people's backyard but quickly gets secluded and nice. Great streams and waterfalls. The bridge is currently washed out but you can get over the stream relatively easily. Quite a hike back from the bottom waterfall.

hiking
8 days ago

A beautiful view, with a short hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

This trail was more challenging than I expected. Waterfalls were great, though. Trail is in the middle of town, and you can still hear traffic and have the feeling of walking through people's backyards. Bridge was out, as well.

hiking
11 days ago

This app says "no dogs" so I didn't bring mine. But, there are no signs saying that at the trail, and plenty of people with dogs. Great views mid way and from the top. Can be crowded.

Difficult hike, but well worth it.

This hike was a little boring to me. But, would be good for people looking for something leisurely to do. Lots of mud, wear waterproof boots.

walking
11 days ago

This place is beautiful. You'll see dog walkers, fisherman, joggers, hikers, and even horseback riders. A great walk to add in if you're doing some shopping in Blowing Rock. Also, connects to longer hikes. Lots of wildlife to be seen, such as, Canada Geese, swans, ducks, fish, squirrels, and may even luck up and see a beaver.

horseback riding
11 days ago

I've hiked and rode horses up this trail several times in my lifetime. I like how you hike along, and through, pastures and then the wooded area. Fire tower at the end is the cherry on top for excellent views.

wonderful trail

Beautiful out and back, easy to moderate. Beautiful in springtime, can be busy on weekends during summer

Very pretty, flat, muddy at times

hiking
blowdown
19 days ago

Beautiful hike overall. Nothing blooming yet, but still very pleasant! Gentle decline to the lake followed by a gentle incline up the other side. There were a couple fallen trees wet had to hop over, nothing too bad. Definitely more of a walk than a hike.

Note that there are tons of permutations of this hiking area. You can do anywhere from 1 to 10+ miles of trail. We went from Cone Manor to Bass lake, skipped "The Maze" and back to Cone Manor up the other side. Overall it was just under 5 miles.

20 days ago

Even in the rain and cloud cover it was a beautiful hike, and not too muddy. It was not very difficult but there was a bit of rock scrambling. Although I didn’t get to see the views, being above cloud cover was amazing in its own way!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful hike. Very well cleared and a beautiful creek down at the bottom. Perfect for eating lunch and relaxing by. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of diversity; You hike down and then back up with a lot of switch backs and pretty steep climb back up. A great hike but be ready for a challenging climb if you aren’t used to exercise.

hiking
muddy
rocky
22 days ago

The Nuwati Trail is closed...and they have actual barriers up trying to keep people from going that way. Technically the footbridge just beyond the Trailhead is closed. You are encouraged to walk up 221 and take the trail from there. I looked underneath and there is a cable hanging down, although it otherwise looked safe. The views on the way up are nothing special. It is a beautiful forest area, however. The view from Ravens Roost was spectacular. I was unable to get past the last ladder to Calloway Peak. Later in the evening after my hike Grandfather Mountain recording a record wind gust of 124 mph for 3 seconds. I would suggest that I was experiencing gusts of at least 70-80 mph when I made it to the Roost. Given the fact that it was blowing this 6ft 2in 215lb frame around, I wasn't going to step out on that thin rock and make my way to the ladder...I'll be back coming in from Profile Trail at some point though. Other than the winds, this is currently an amazingly wet trail. It was climbing a stream much of the way. Having said all that...if you call yourself an NC hiker, then you must do this. I'm calling this a rite of passage.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Still closed 2/14/19

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend this trail for all ages. Very wide trail to accommodate strollers, slow and fast hikers, photographers, bikes and runners. Very very flat and easy! It’s beautiful- we do it as relaxation every time we are in Blowing Rock.

hiking
1 month ago

I haven’t been in this trail, yet. I’ve seen it developed of the years. Small entrance, really no parking, but, knowing the terrain it is correctly straight down and straight up. Not for the casual hiker. Currently, a 67 year hiker from Charlotte is missing while on this trail. Praying this ends with him found alive and well.

hiking
1 month ago

The Flat Top Mountain trail is a simple, but rewarding hike. On the way up, the incline is steady but not overwhelming. The trail is largely switchback after you cross a wide-open meadow. You can take a right to travel up to the cemetery and continue along a path to link back up to the trail. You will see a number of smaller trails connecting the switchbacks as you travel along. I avoided these on the way up and then took them on the way down as a fun change-of-pace from the back-and-forth trail. The fire tower at the top is about four stories high and offers a great panoramic view (and it is a great place to sit-down and eat your mid-hike snack if it is not too crowded).

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great hike. Trail was dog friendly. Little mucky in areas but it’s also been a wet winter. It was a beautiful 70+ degree day in February. The trail was in line with the stream, beautiful. The meadows were just gorgeous. Would do it again.

The best way to get up to Calloway. Can go further on to the Grandfather Mountain area too, which is hard and takes awhile but is one of my favorites in NC.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The bridge is out so you have to cross the creek how ever you can but was a fun hike

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