Looking for a great trail near Blowing Rock, North Carolina? AllTrails has 23 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 in Doughton Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Blowing Rock ranging from 2.1 to 11.8 miles and from 3,359 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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hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike on a well maintained path up stone stairs through lots of shaded rhododendrons. My wife and I did it with small and medium size older dogs on retractable leashes. The views of Linn Cove Viaduct and the boulder field are spectacular. It gets pretty windy when you reach the Ridge and the rock outcroppings.

This trail is soooo pretty! Tucked inside the rhododendrons like a hidden trail, the light and the water make it a perfect scene for gathering your thoughts. Super easy, but lots of roots from the rhododendrons keep you on your toes.

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muddy
3 days ago

Felt way longer than 2.2 miles. Very pretty but muddy in areas. Great views of the lake.

Not sure how this hike is ranked so highly, I'm an experienced hiker of all of the major trails near the BRP and this one was definitely my least favorite. It's a very tough workout, which is good, but the reason it is so tough is not. Over 20,000 steps to Callaway Peak and back, and practically every step of the way your eyes have to be firmly focused on your feet, (and you will still stub your toe and possibly trip at least a half dozen times). Roots and rocks the entire way, I don't know how anyone hikes this when there is snow on the ground. Anyway, make sure you have your best pair of hiking boots with plenty of ankle support. Your lower legs will take the brunt of this hike as every step requires some effort to stabilize yourself as your feet are rarely flat on the ground. Great foliage on the hike, but you can't look at any of it while moving or you will turn an ankle or worse. Less than 2 miles per hour due to the challenging terrain. Only one lookout for views, (Flatrock), until you get to the top. Profile trail has many of the same challenges when it comes to footing, but that's definitely a better hike imo. One more thing to note, make sure that you know exactly how to get there before you go. Google Maps navigation told me I was there when there was no "there" there. I was probably was pretty close, but we were definitely not at the Boone Fork parking area, and we turned around before we got there. No signal on the cell phone up there so technology was no help at that point, and it was really foggy/cloudy, so as I said, make sure you map this one out very well before you go.

I haven't ever gone all the way to Calloway up this trail, which is kind of absurd because we went all the way to Hi Balsam shelter, so we were so close. Alternatively, I have hiked down to Briar Patch from Calloway after coming up the Profile Trail, so I have completed this entire section of trail in sections. It's never easy. This mountain is never easy. But it's always worth it. Truth be told, I prefer the Cragway trail over the Scout Trail. Better climbing and better views along the way.

This trail is one of my favorites with convenient access, and I'm tired of it being closed. It gives a good steady warm-up before it gets steep, with some excellent elevation gain for gorgeous views. I love it and it's way past due for repairs so we can get back on it. I'm going to be more than a little disappointed if the powers that be decide to abandon it.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views! Get there early to avoid high traffic!

Nice hike!

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rocky
10 days ago

I've hiked this alone and with friends, always a great experience! Be prepared to climb a ladder. Has a few overlook spots before reaching the top!

Easy loop that is great for an early morning walk with some coffee :)

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11 days ago

Very easy trail. More of a smooth gravel road and a lovely walk through the woods. Depending on what you are up to for the day, this is a great little mini walk just to get out in nature and rejuvenate before your day. Didn't even break a sweat. Great for kids and people who aren't hardcore hikers. :) Almost mostly full shade in the summer which is great in the summer.

Easy trail for anyone. Perfect for families, easy access for special needs, flat course for runners and nice to see the horses. Lots of shade and seating areas. Lots of nice spots for taking pictures.

Four stars simply because there are so many roots I felt like I was walking on shaky stairs the whole hike! Lots of down trees to go over and under and in between. All in all though it was a nice quiet hike with some great views in the first few miles! One can see so many types of terrain and landscape on this hike! Pretty cool!

The bridge was restored. The Nariwa trail was still closed.

Really nice trail around the Price Lake. Peaceful, a couple areas were a little damp to wet (did not cause a problem). Great area to come to as well to camp or rent a canoe on the lake.

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13 days ago

This trail is short but offers amazing views of the viaduct!! Perfect for an October hike!!

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rocky
13 days ago

Beautiful falls. Although steep in places with many roots and rocks.

hiking
14 days ago

Short and flat, but at least you get to see the lake.

Nice changes in scenery along the trail. Trees, rhododendron, flowers and lots of shade.

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14 days ago

Poorly maintained trail. A lot of erosion and several overgrown fields.

Loved this trail ♥️ it was beautiful and nicely shaded

Beautiful, wide gravel path that slowly turns up to Flat Top Mountain with great views all along the way. Exactly as advertised - easy and suitable for any time of year. It’s connected to a number of other paths in the area that I hope to come back to soon!

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rocky
16 days ago

I really enjoyed the views on this trail. However I'm still a new hiker and it was a bit difficult for me. There were a lot of people there so get there early! But over all it was a really good time

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rocky
16 days ago

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16 days ago

Nice trail! Suggest going over the bridge first. The other way would be a difficult start. Nice stream and pasture with flowers. Was quiet and not crowded!

hiking
16 days ago

Downhill out and uphill back. Hike back is fairly strenuous. Lots of exposed tree roots to navigate. Beautiful scenery of woods, rocks, waterfall and The Ruins. Sounds of rushing water make for a relaxing hike.

hiking
16 days ago

We hiked this trail down to the lowest waterfall yesterday. It was very busy at the upper portion of trail (no surprise on holiday weekend in-town trail). Fortunately it got a lot less crowded lower down as trail got a bit more technical. Have previously hiked when it is more peaceful and lovely. Biggest issue was WEIRD BLUE DISCOLORATION OF WATER starting in town at Broyhill park pond and running all through the entire creek and waterfalls along the way. See attached photo.

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