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

Swannanoa, North Carolina Map

This trail should be taken off this site. It is not available to the public, or at least not accessible in any way. Every possible access is covered with no parking signs, and there really isn’t any parking area anyway. But just to make sure, they put no parking signs along the road every 20 feet or so. Big disappointment. A real shame too, because it looks like a nice walk.

Parking lot gps takes you to is closed but you can access trail at Charles d owen Park. Use apps trail map to direct you to the trail head once there.

over grown
private property
2 months ago

Trail area appears closed.

There was literally nowhere to park (as mentioned in previous reviews from last year) so I couldn’t actually make it to the trailhead and went elsewhere to run.

Nice easy trail along the Swannanoa River. The trail is very narrow near the beginning and I thought, “oh no! But soon it was an open path. It ran along the river and had some nice views of the river along the way. There were a few informational stands on the trail that were very informative. The trail is owned by Warren Wilson College. Beautiful wild flowers and their smells along the way. The best part is a bamboo forest near the last part of the trail.

3 months ago

I walked the trail and went on to the Dam Pasture trail until I reached Old Farm School Road. I would give the trail itself a 3. The trailhead is overgrown and figuring out where to park is a challenge. There are *a lot* of divergent paths off the trail. That’s not a problem if you can see they are headed to the river and a swimming hole, but it’s a problem if they aren’t. There weren’t any trail markers I could find, so a map is advised (unless you just want to explore the area, which is relatively contained). But the reasons to think this could earn a 4 is because of the cool shade, the beautiful swimming/wading spots and the pasture views. And today I met a lot of really nice people out picnicking, walking their dogs (all were on leashes and I was so thankful-speaking as a dog owner myself), and wading in the Swannanoa River. I really enjoyed the solitude and, then, chatting briefly with others out enjoying the day.

VA exercise trail

We went today and trail is fully open and enjoyable

This trail is currently closed due to flooding!!!!!! April 2019

Wed Jun 27 2018

We went today and the trail was closed on both sides of Warren Wilson Rd, with signs that said a long term closure is expected. I went a bit of the ways up the trail, past the closure signs, just to see, and there are lots of tree falls. According to a friend at WWC, parts of the trail were eradicated when they slid into the river during very bad flooding recently. Not sure what their plans are as far as restoring the trail. :-(

Sun Jun 24 2018

Sweet and mellow run along the river. Quite a few downed trees in the path. The obvious parking area is currently closed, and had I need been before, knowing where to park prob would have been confusing.

Very easy trail for the most part. Very enjoyable walk by the Swannanoa River.

Nice, easy walk through the woods!

Sun Apr 08 2018

Nice trail with the dogs. The trail head at Charles Owens park can be tricky to find. The doggos loved splashing around in the river. Low traffic this time of year which was a plus as much of the trial isn’t very wide. Was super sad to see invasive bamboo along most of the trail but otherwise beautiful and easy hike.

Fri Feb 23 2018

Easy trail that follows along the Swannanoa River. About 6 miles round trip. Connects to other trails owned by Warren Wilson College. You'll run into some of the Warren Wilson students chillin' and smokin'.

I have driven this beautiful section of the Parkway many times. I have also hiked some of the trails along the road several times. Great views.

Sun Dec 03 2017

Wed Nov 22 2017

very easy hike and great for dogs..be prepared for your puppy to go swimming! can be busy during weekends, but still makes a nice hike

Try to go on a blue sky day! An AMAZING view!

Sat Jul 08 2017

great 6 mile out and back if you park at the baseball fields. pretty much flat with twists and turns that often funnel into a single track. several swimming holes along the route and connects to several other trails (although some are private). highly recommend for running or taking a dip in the river.

LOVE this trail. Farmland on one side, river on the other. Easy trail, great for kids, lots of opportunity to play in the river.

Wed May 24 2017

I went when it had been raining and it does get slippery and muddy in parts after rain but it is very calm and secluded and a nice run

Craggy Gardens to Mt. Pisgah is one of my favorite stretches of the BRP. Located on both sides of Asheville, great hikes include Mt. Pisgah, Craggy Gardens, and Craggy Pinnacle. You also can take a detour to the famous Biltmore Estate or stop for lunch in Asheville, maybe stay in luxury at the Grove Park Inn, or stay at the rustic Pisgah Inn. Lots of hiking and lots to see and do.

I love witnessing the amazing Parkway scenery on this section, completing some of the spectacular trails like Craggy Gardens/Craggy Pinnacle and Mt. Pisgah, and then ending the day exploring wonderful Asheville!

Drove through this section with a thunderstorm coming over the mountain, turning the visibility to very low. It was exciting.

Incredible beauty and lots of views. I would like to see it again in the fall.

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