Best river trails in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Top trails (7)
#1 - Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
Users will need a permit to hike this trail. This is 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. Although dogs are allowed on the trail, this trail contains ladders that dogs cannot climb. If the dog is not small enough to lift, it is not recommended to bring a pet on this route.Show more
#2 - Glen Burney Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
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. Show more
#3 - 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
#4 - Cone Manor to Bass Lake Trail
Moses H Cone Memorial Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
#5 - BRMC: Laurel Creek Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 29 m
This trail is apart of the Blue Ridge Mountain Club. Show more
#6 - BRMC: Upper Laurel Creek Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
Private Property - Laurel Creek Trail is accessed from a gated community. Traverse the wooded trail with sounds of Laurel Creek at your side. Beautiful bridges to cross along the way, that lead you to The Blue Hole and ends at Laurel Creek Camp. Recommendations included parking a 4x4 vehicle or ATV/UTV at Laurel Creek Camp and a vehicle at the parking area off Reynolds Parkway at Laurel Creek Trail trailhead.Show more
#7 - BRMC: Laurel Creek Camp to Blue Hole [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 19 m
This trail is apart of the Blue Ridge Mountain Club. Starting at Laurel Creek Camp, one can take a leisurely hike on Laurel Creek Trail to connect with the Laurel Creek Connector to the bottom of the Blue Hole. Great hike for the whole family! Show more