Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway  by Randy Johnson

Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway Guide Book

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway  by Randy Johnson
There has never been a better time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway! This updated edition of Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway is ideal for anyone who uses the Parkway as a portal to the Southern Appalachian experience. It includes the best trails in the national forests, state parks, and private preserves that line the 469-mile roadway—from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina—making it a single-volume solution for the serious explorer, whether on foot or by car.

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Trails from the "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 45.

The Forest Service is justly proud of this waterfall circuit that features two scenic, well-maintained National Recreation Trails and spectacular Apple Orchard Falls. This figure- eight trail system e ...
Buchanan, VA - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5-7.6 miles
A short and popular leg-stretcher with spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and its nearly vertical-mile drop to the Piedmont. By adding either short or long stretches of the Mountains-to-Sea Tra ...
Linville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7-4.8 miles
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One of the Parkway’s newest facilities, the Blue Ridge Music Center is dedicated to the stirring fusion of Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and African music and instruments that came together early in US ...
Galax, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7-3.3 miles
This is a scenic trail with views of nearby summits and quarry. The paved trail rises out of the parking area and arcs up and left (eastward) over concrete water bars. The bluish-gray–blazed path stay ...
Roanoke, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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From a popular roadside viewpoint, a quiet path leads away to a nearby flat-topped knoll with a few good views. Before hiking the longer trail, take the short, steep descent on stone steps to Chestoa ...
Linville Falls, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.85
One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest in Eastern America,” the “highest in Virginia,” and the “highest in the ...
Tyro, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6-6 miles
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Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is one of western North Carolina’s best waterfall hikes-especially on a sunny spring day after significant rain. You’ll also find a campground and picnic area. The area’s sna ...
Burnsville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5-3.1 miles
How can names like Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome, and Craggy Pinnacle not be magnets for hikers? Visible from almost any corner of northwest North Carolina, these barren crests of the Craggy Mountains o ...
Asheville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8-6.2 miles
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Just below the Virginia–North Carolina line, a historical marker calls the Parkway “the first rural national parkway.” Less than a mile south, at Cumberland Knob, is the spot where construction of the ...
Lowgap, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 100 yards-2.5 miles
A short, steep climb to a spectacular viewpoint with devices for sighting distant peaks. This is a popular peregrine falcon viewing area. Before you hit the trail, look across the drop-off east of the ...
Balsam Grove, NC - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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After the Parkway’s journey south over pastoral rolling scenery to the Virginia state line, North Carolina’s Doughton Park signals the road’s return to loftier country. Doughton Park rears to an abrup ...
Laurel Springs, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3-13 miles
One of the Parkway’s best self-guiding interpretive trails and evocative artifacts of human habitation make Jeffress Park a truly wonderful stop. In 1933 E. B. Jeffress, chairman of the North Carolina ...
Purlear, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1-1.2 miles
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An educational trail with natural history interpretive signs as well as sighting devices to help identify noteworthy nearby summits; good distant views. Here’s a rare hike—one not to miss for serious ...
Linville, NC - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction, Grandfather has become synonymous with its spectacular backcountry. The Mile-High ...
Linville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8-7 miles
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A loop that reaches two waterfalls and explores a high, alpine-like valley. A second circuit involves a new portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Hikes on the well-maintained but heavily traveled Gra ...
Canton, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4-2.3 miles
Take this twenty- minute self-guiding loop trail to learn about the geology of the northern Blue Ridge and see how mountaineers used their most abundant resource- rock—to wrest a living from harsh ...
Lyndhurst, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.2
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Just 5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first milepost, the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area provides a perfect introduction to the cultural and natural riches of this linear park. An interpretiv ...
Lyndhurst, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5-10 miles
Parents with children will like the hands-on experience that Indian Rocks gives to young mountain climbers. Take the stone- paved pathway toward the north and pass a picnic table. An old grade comes i ...
Amherst, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
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The 9,000-acre James River Face Wilderness is a rugged and scenic area that clings to the cliffs where the mighty James River breaks through the Blue Ridge. Designated in 1975, Virginia’s first wilder ...
Big Island, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8-12.6 miles
For all the might of the mountains, the sight of Virginia’s biggest river flowing placidly through the breach is sure to impress. Trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the James River Face Wildernes ...
Monroe, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
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