100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This is a really nice trail that you can make as short or long as you'd like. We went in late March and the Linn Cove Visitor Center was closed, so we parked at the Stack Rock Parking Area, adding 10-15 minutes to the described trail. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. Difficulty is moderate due to some of the climbs. We only went as far as the Rough Ridge Parking area (about 3 miles), but the highlight was definitely the views from the top of Ship Rock. Breathtaking, and this was in March. Can only imagine summer and fall views. We walked back to our car via the Parkway (except for using the trail past the viaduct...stay left, go under the viaduct and intersect the main trail), an easy 40 min. walk. The trail map from Grandfather Mt was excellent (we went the day before) and really all the guidance you'll need.
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