Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway  by Randy Johnson

Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway Guide Book

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway  by Randy Johnson
Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway offers concise descriptions and detailed maps for thirty-four easy-to-follow trails from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 33.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 33.

Abbott Lake is the centerpiece of the 4,200-acre Peaks of Otter Recreation Area, one of the Parkway’s most highly recommended places to spend a day or stop for the night. The Peaks of Otter Lodge, on ...
Bedford, VA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1-1.7 miles
The Balsam Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail that explores the spruce/fir forest and deforestation caused by insect pests and pollution. Mount Mitchell—the highest peak east of the Miss ...
Burnsville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
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This hike is a circumambulation of Moses Cone Park’s prettiest lake. This is an easy, extremely scenic loop that, although unpaved, might be suitable for wheelchairs in dry weather. The Bass Lake Lo ...
Blowing Rock, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8-1.6 miles
A short and popular leg-stretcher affords spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and its nearly vertical-mile drop to the Piedmont. The grades are gradual, the footing isn’t very difficult, and the ...
Linville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
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A largely graded trail makes a pleasant walk from the Pisgah Inn to the site of George Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring Hunting Lodge. This pleasant path is a perfect place for an aimless amble, particularly ...
Canton, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6-3.1 miles
One of the Parkway’s best interpretive nature trails leads to a wonderful waterfall. This trail offers a great sense of the ecological community that teeters on the escarpment of the Blue Ridge. The ...
Purlear, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier-free access. This Crabtree Falls isn’t the last cataract you’ll encounter with that name while driving south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This V ...
Tyro, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6-6 miles
Great views from spectacular mountaintop balds recommend two Craggy Gardens hikes of different lengths. The Craggy Gardens Trail rises into the woods and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail goes right at 0.1 m ...
Black Mountain, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8-1.2 miles
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Enjoy one of the Parkway’s most inspiring 360-degree views from atop mysterious mountaintop meadows. Any Parkway motorist will likely agree that the Craggy Mountains' seemingly alpine, treeless enviro ...
Barnardsville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4 miles
Enjoy an easy amble to a classic stone picnic shelter atop Cumberland Knob, the spot where Parkway construction started. A nearby wheelchair-accessible path affords a nice view.
Lowgap, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5-0.7 mile
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Three trails on the visitor center side of the river make the most scenic, least visited hike to Linville Falls. There are three trails on the visitor center side of the river, two of which make a nic ...
Linville Falls, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25-1.8 miles
This intriguingly designed trail explores a Northern-type forest that characterizes the 3,500-acre Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, one of the Parkway’s best places to pause. On this interpretive trail, h ...
Blowing Rock, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
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This educational trail has good distant views of noteworthy nearby summits. Here’s a rare hike—one not to miss for serious hikers and more casual Parkway motorists alike. This is a quick walk to a goo ...
Linville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
A loop hike reaches a spectacular waterfall and explores a high, alpinelike valley, while an out-and-back route bags an awesome bald summit. As you drive south out of Asheville and climb past Mount Pi ...
Canton, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8-2.3 miles
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Take this 20-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 surrou ...
Lyndhurst, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.2
A pleasant walk across a scenic river bridge leads to a self-guiding interpretive exhibit at a canal lock built in the mid-1800s. The James River Trail crosses the impressive pedestrian span beneath t ...
Monroe, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4 -.05 mile
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These scenic, short-to-moderate–length, interpretive trails impart a real sense of how Southern Appalachian mountaineers lived. A 3.9-mile outer loop of the Johnson Farm and Harkening Hill Trails roll ...
Bedford, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8-3.9 miles
A wheelchair-accessible paved path leads under the stunning span of the Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct and then continues as a rougher trail through beautiful Linn Cove. The turnaround point is a classic ...
Linville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3-1 mile
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A variety of options explore virgin forest and rugged scenery near Linville Falls, an impressive cataract that plunges into the Linville Gorge Wilderness. A detour to the short, inspiring Wiseman’s Vi ...
Linville Falls, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1-2 miles
This trail offers an eye-opening glimpse into the rustic lives led by nineteenth-century Appalachian mountaineers who lived near what is now the Parkway.
Lyndhurst, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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