Explore the most popular Views 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.

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rocky
2 days ago

so we hiked up the ridge , then headed SW towards Big Tom and Mitchell . this is by far the hardest trail I've done on the East Coast. I did it with full ruck and food , and it was merciless . whenever you get to top of trail, head south for about 10 -15 minutes and there are some great Camp sites and views . I left some herb up there for some lucky group...... cheers !

I did this trail twice several years ago and it was a blast. Unless you are an avid hiker, I would do this trail in 2 days. I did it in 1 day the first time and 2 the second. much better experience the second time. Can't wait to do it again.

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

Rocky and lots of roots. There were other hikers on the trail but not too crowded. I started at 7 am and saw a lot more people on the way down than going up. It rained (hard) the last two mile on the way down. Be aware that when it rains the trail basically becomes a creek bed which makes the footing interesting. Overall a challenging and fun hike.

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5 days ago

Steep, bring plenty of water. Great views from the top. Hiked on a Friday afternoon and did not see another person the entire hike. Nice contrast to the traffic on the Mt. Mitchell trail.

Another great hike for visitors or hikers with kids. Nice trail along the river and then branch up to this cute creek and nice falls. Nothing hard about this hike except for some uneven ground closer to the falls.

I just discovered there is private parking available right beside the trail head on Bolens Creek. There’s a small road right next to the trailhead called Stanley’s Trail. A local owner cleared an old homestead and will let you park for $5 on the grassy lot. The trailhead parking is very limited and almost always full and the hike is getting more popular every year. I always hated leaving my car on that narrow paved road - you just can’t get your car all the way off the road. I was always afraid someone will drive by and knock my car into the ditch or I’d park much further away. Anyway, it makes it a lot less worry when tackling this great hike. Enjoy!

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.

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muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Started this hike around 6am and took us about 3 hours to summit at a good pace. It was a little muddy but it was very rocky and rooty. We did this hike on a Monday so when we reached the summit there weren’t too many tourists but it’s not the same satisfaction as one would get reaching the top that wasn’t obtainable by a road. It was a clear day and the views from the top were amazing. Other than that, it was an awesome hike. We ended up doing Mout Craig as well which added an additional hour. The way down felt like it took forever but after a previous 15 mile hike the day before and doing this hike, our bodies were exhausted.

We lived this trail. Black Mountain Crest Trail was tough but every bit of it was worth it. After we reached the end of Big Tom we took a right and landed on Buncombe Horse Trail which was very muddy so make sure you have waterproof shoes for that. We then hit up Mount Mitchell trail and made our way back to the main parking lot. About 10 mile hike and the views were incredible. Very rocky and various types of terrain but we love that kind of hiking. Highly recommend this trail.

Really good fun. Started from Bolens Creek side. First five miles is a monster. I started with about two gallons and got near empty by Colbert Ridge. 1/2 mile back down Colbert Ridge trail is water (in June). Could have also filled up near the zig-zag section of the initial climb. There's emergency cell coverage off and on along trail (I have AT&T). Dog may have got a tick bite, but never saw one. Suggest taking 3 days to enjoy it all. Spend a half day or so recovering/enjoying view after initial climb.

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

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11 days ago

Strenuous. Stunning. Worth the effort.

hiking
11 days ago

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

Unbelievable, I’ve hiked all around WNC and have never been on a trail this epic. Go. It’s amazing .

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13 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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muddy
18 days ago

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scramble
20 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.

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scramble
20 days ago

Don’t get cocky too early - the steep part comes later but the payoff is worth it. Pair this with many other descent options (the easiest car drop one is Deep Gap/Colbert’s Creek), or spend the night (again, Deep Gap is a great location to make a decision). Luscious ridge walk.

Road to trail was closed just off of Blue Ridge Parkway.

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21 days ago

Excellent! Challenging but not extreme. Always enjoy the changing climate and atmosphere as you go higher in elevation. I only kept back from five stars because even though I said to myself that it wouldn’t bother me, it actually was disappointing to reach the top and be met with the unnatural landscape of the observation tower, the stone pathway and the tourist in flip flops.

Really enjoyed this trail. As other commenters have noted, it’s longer then listed. From the trailhead parking near the campground to the summit and back is about 13 miles. For those in good physical shape, it’s not terribly hard (but not easy either; it’s earned it’s difficult rating). I took my 8 year old son with me and we moved at about 42-45 min a mile going up and about 37 - 39 min a mile on the way back. We only took two 5 minute breaks on the way up and back and about 20 min at the summit. Again, we had a great time!

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24 days ago

My brother said it best when we got to the top, “hell of a hike”. We hiked up this trail to stay a night on the Black Mtn crest trail and finished at Mt Mitchell the next day. With packs this trail will truly test you. It is constantly going up with several very steep inclines, roped anchors are setup in these sections. Views are quite spectacular at the top and it will definitely give you a feeling of accomplishment getting up this goat trail. Highly recommend it but be prepared to struggle and bring plenty of water and food. This trail is no joke

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
25 days ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
25 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

Nice day hike. We took it pretty easy and made the summit in under 4 hrs. Conditions were good and views were clear. Considering this climb takes you to the highest point in the eastern US the trail itself was surprisingly generous with plenty of spots that leveled out among some moderately steep switchbacks. Most of the views heading up to the summit are thanks to powerline cutouts that run up the mountain. They are stunning but dont expect to get great pics without the lines in your view. The summit is a tourist haven. Coming off the the trail onto a concrete walkway with people getting out of their cars in flip flops and carrying their mountain dew to the summit kinda takes away from the natural beauty and sense of accomplishment. I dont know that I would hike it again but it is nice to have on the "completed" list.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
26 days ago

This is a true “mountain goat” type trail. It starts with a significant incline but has a few switchbacks that help you get started. After that comes an extreme uphill climb that is about as steep as a hike can be without it being a climb. Going down is easier than going up but not by much, so be prepared for some wobbly and sore legs. This hike is challenging but very rewarding in many ways. It took my girlfriend and I around 5 hours with limited stops along the way and around 45 minutes spent at the top. Enjoy the journey!

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rocky
27 days ago

Only hiked to top of Celo Knob and stopped for lunch before coming back down. Pretty tough ascent throughout but the last 0.5 miles is the worst. Great views of the Black Mountain Range and west from a small clearing near the top. Saw a turkey and rabbit. Really great hike. Next time, with a little planning, we’ll stash a car at Bowlens Creek and have someone drop us off at Mount Mitchell to get the whole trail.

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