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

Beautiful Waterfall. Easy and short hike on flat ground for the majority of the trail. We brought our 10, 7, and 5 year old. When you get closer to the Waterfall there are some tree roots that are across the path so you will need to watch your step and not trip over them. You can enjoy putting your feet in the water and swim a little if there's no one else there. It's a small area of water at the base of the waterfall. We brought a small picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on. There are some logs to sit on also. We got there around noon and it wasn't crowded at all. More than 3 groups would be starting to get crowded in this small area. You can also hike further up to the top but it's like climbing a ladder and pulling yourself up. Very strenuous. Little to no bugs. Overall a great experience. Highly recommend!

hiking
5 days ago

Easy hike with surprisingly good payout. Phenomenal walk with kids. Watch for seasonal wild berries. You can follow some slipshod trails to the top of the falls. Be careful - it's all real slick.

My family stumbled across the trail after viewing the lookout merely by accident. My dad has a bad knee, but this allowed him to see the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. It was a spectacular sight and unbelievable. I felt like we were atop all the world. My family had been hiking trails all day and on our way down the mountain we stopped at the restaurant/gift shop. They were closing, but when I mentioned we had not eaten today, a waitress brought us out pieces of meatloaf that were too small to serve. she did not charge us and we left them a tip. Wonderful people and amazing experiences.

on Roaring Fork Falls

hiking
7 days ago

Nice easy walk up a Forest Service Road to a beautiful falls. There are abundant fresh water snails in the pools below the falls so you should be careful if entering the pools. On the walk up the Forest Service road you will pass two abandoned concrete buildings that were used to store explosives. Parking at the trail head is limited and you have to be careful not to block the gate into a maintenance yard.

Fabulous trail and well traveled. About .6 miles and an easy hike. Beautiful site, birds and trees to photograph.

hiking
9 days ago

Strenuous. Stunning. Worth the effort.

hiking
10 days ago

amazing scenery and the trail is well kept! beware of poison ivy along the trail edge, but otherwise no issues

on Roaring Fork Falls

walking
10 days ago

very rewarding walk for young children

hiking
12 days ago

I don't know why more people don't do this trail! It's a stone's throw from Mount Mitchell and the view at the top is spectacular! A steeper uphill narrow climb through the forest on the way up (all shaded) and then you emerge at the rocky top. The loop leads you back on the Old Mitchell Toll Road which is flat and muddy in portions—totally okay with us after our legs were burning up this peak. A great hike with the kids!

Short paved path to the summit with a nice visitor’s center at the start. It was foggy so no views but still a nice place to bag another high point. I wasn’t expecting a burial crypt at the summit holding the body of the man who the mountain is named after, Rev. Elisha Mitchell.

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scramble
19 days ago

Steep but worth it. Used to be able to enter the overlook tower (previously a fire tower). Bring water. Bring lunch. Bring layers. Likely to be alone unless you see someone coming down from the Parkway side, and you wonder why you didn’t do this. Nice renovations going on at the start at the Black Mountain Campground.

Great but very challenging hike. We backpacked our gear to the summit, then to the Mount Mitchel Campground, which was full, but we made it to Commissary Campground, which is amazing! Great views and I cannot stress challenging with 35 lbs of gear lol

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over grown
24 days ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

Blue Ridge Pinnacle was awesome, great views and we had the place to ourselves. Multiple rocks to shimmy up and several viewpoints to explore. The start of the ridge line trail was easy enough to find, but quickly after starting on it, we realized it was way overgrown. You can mostly see the trail, but lots of tall grass and plants to force your way through. Definitely wear long pants and maybe long sleeves. We meant to skip the first spur to Rocky Knob, since no views were promised, but found ourselves up there any way. Somehow we made it to what I think was the second spur, (there was an opening and some ok views) but did.not find the “best view” we were looking for. Maybe we didn’t go far enough? Only saw the grey plastic marker when coming back down the hill. If it weren’t for the overgrown-ness this trail would be pretty alright

hiking
28 days ago

Tough trail straight up the mountain...earn that trek.

totally awesome views on these rock formations at the end. Good workout not too long. Green forest beds with grasses and ferna. loved it. High enough for spruces and wild flowers.

Wonderful yet hard trail. Parts of the trail are straight up the mountain side. Wonderful views near the end of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

More than 5.8 miles and very difficult. Trail is for experienced hikers

Great views all around.

Very easy path, super wide, amazing cascading waterfall! And even room to take a dip!

nice little trail. easy to get to.

on Roaring Fork Falls

1 month ago

Nice trail. Narrow at top.

The Commissary Trail is an easy hike. Basically a relatively level dirt road. It does lead to other tails that are more challenging and interesting.

A great short hike that takes you from Commissary trail to meet with Old Mitchell trail near the peak of Mt Mitchell. It was a beautiful hike but lots of roots and rocks so watch your footing

hiking
1 month ago

Great payoff for a short hike ... even in the 20MPH winds today!

hiking
2 months ago

very nice for a 1 mile trail

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

good trail. 2nd half more difficult than the 1st. beautiful waterfall

muddy
2 months ago

The falls were absolutely stunning and worth the hike. There had been recent rain so good flow for falls but wet trail. I wouldn't consider this easy because of the grade coming back out was only easy for very fit individuals. Also, you are walking on rocks and roots most of the way versus a level path. I just want older or less in shape hikers to no it is not real easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Track shown includes an aborted side trip to Rocky Knob which turned out to be strenuous. This is an iconic hike which begins at a gate on the Blue Ridge Parkway just below Mount Mitchell, one of the highest peaks in the eastern US. The old toll road was built in 1925 to enable transport from the town of Black Mountain, NC to Mount Mitchell. The trail is rocky places but wide for the most part with excellent views. At the lower end, near Montreat College, there are numerous trails that connect with Montreat. The tract shown ends on the Rainbow Mtn trail at a road junction in a residential area. A good map of the Montreat trails is very helpful.

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