Tanawha Trail

Linville, North Carolina

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Costly trail and road-building techniques were required to minimize impact when the Blue Ridge Parkway finally crossed the fragile side of Grandfather Mountain. The road opened on September 11, 1987, and, with it, the Tanawha Trail, a crowning achievement of the Blue Ridge Parkway trail network. The hikes described below focus on the grandest vistas from the trail, but hikers can hike the Tanawha end to end, and beyond, as this is now part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Camping is permitted only at designated sites on the Parkway; to make a multiday trip possible, backpackers must camp in Grandfather Mountain State Park and at either Price Park Campground or the Price Park backcountry campsite. (Reservations for either of the latter are required from the campground check-in kiosk at Price Park.)
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Costly trail and road-building techniques were required to minimize impact when the Blue Ridge Parkway finally crossed the fragile side of Grandfather Mountain. The road opened on September 11, 1987, and, with it, the Tanawha Trail, a crowning achievement of the Blue Ridge Parkway trail network.

The hikes described below focus on the grandest vistas from the trail, but hikers can hike the Tanawha end to end, and beyond, as this is now part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Camping is permitted only at designated sites on the Parkway; to make a multiday trip possible, backpackers must camp in Grandfather Mountain State Park and at either Price Park Campground or the Price Park backcountry campsite. (Reservations for either of the latter are required from the campground check-in kiosk at Price Park.)

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Linville
Distance: .03-2.7 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Rd., Asheville 28803-8686; (828) 271-4779; (828) 298-0398 (recorded information and mailing requests); nps.gov/blriGrandfatherMountain, PO Box 129, Linville 28646; (800) 468-7325; (828) 733-2013; grandfather.com
Local Maps: USGS Grandfather Mountain. Download a parkway handout map of Tanawha Trail at the “Brochures” link on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website. Maps are also available at the Linn Cove Visitor Center.
Driving Directions: Directions to Tanawha Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/17/2009
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We did Stack Rock to Raven rock via Tanawha trail, then hitched back to stack rock, and i gotta say this was one of the most challenging hikes I have done in this area. Trails is very Rocky, constantly climbing, going back down, climbing some more, but the payoff is spectacular (Very rare plant species, Rough Ridge overlook) I only have two complaints; This trail runs right along BRP and all day you hear loud motorcycles going by...might not bother some but i was annoyed..and 2: This trail defiantly need to be re-blazed...The only time you ever see a blaze is when it is blatantly obvious your on the trail. In many sections you wll stand there looking around for the trail, and inevitably go the wrong way, and have to backtrack. Other than that i would recommend this hike for anyone up for a little half day challenge, or whole day stack rock to price park. Just be prepared for an onslaught of ill prepared "casual" hikers in flip flops and no water getting themselves lost!!! Ive never been asked for directions, or "does the trail get better?", or seen more people in flip flops in all my hiking days :)


7/3/2008
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WE did this trail all 13.5 miles started at 8am finshed at 6:30pm same day this trail is difficult in places trail was hard to follow poorly marked in some locations still was a great trail. take lots of water it is not recamented to drink from streams but if you must look for water running down rocks with moss this is an natual filter. I would recmend this trail but go prepaired. food,water,first aid,phone or 2 way radio stay on the trail easy to get lost. ncgrayfox


8/17/2007
0

Great landscape, but noisy because of the proximity of the road.


6/17/2006
0

Ran this trail from Price park up to Rough Ridge Summit. Was my first time on the trail. It was well marked. As a runner, it was a nice slow climb, not too steep, with good footing. Was also well protected from the sun and a few nice creek crossings to cool down.



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