Hiking North Carolina
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
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 :)
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
Great landscape, but noisy because of the proximity of the road.
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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