Tanawha Trail and Parkway at Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 2986-3044

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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The Tanawha Trail—the Cherokee word means “great hawk” or “eagle”—lies along the entire length of the Grandfather Mountain “missing link” portion of the Parkway. The trail reaches all the way to Julian Price Memorial Park campground and is the crowning achievement of the Blue Ridge Parkway trail network. Hikers won’t fail to notice the trail’s intricate stone stairways, rock-paved treadways, and arching wood bridges (lowered here by helicopter), all designed to minimize hiker damage to this scenic environment. The federal government spent almost $750,000 on the 13.5 mile trail.

Tanawha Trail and Parkway at Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 298.6-304.4 Professional Review and Guide

"The Tanawha Trail—the Cherokee word means “great hawk” or “eagle”—lies along the entire length of the Grandfather Mountain “missing link” portion of the Parkway. The trail reaches all the way to Julian Price Memorial Park campground and is the crowning achievement of the Blue Ridge Parkway trail network.

Hikers won’t fail to notice the trail’s intricate stone stairways, rock-paved treadways, and arching wood bridges (lowered here by helicopter), all designed to minimize hiker damage to this scenic environment. The federal government spent almost $750,000 on the 13.5 mile trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blowing Rock
Distance: 0.3-3.8 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Maps: USGS Grandfather Mountain; Tanawha Trail handout map available online at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/tanawha-trail.htm and in season at Linn Cove Information Station/ Visitor Center (That map does not show the hike described first below; rely on the map provided here.)
Driving Directions: Directions to Tanawha Trail and Parkway at Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 298.6-304.4

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2008
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After coming over Grandfather Mountain on the Profile Trail/Daniel Boone Scout Trail, hiked the Tanawha Trail to Holloway Mountain Road. It was an amazing contrast to come down off of the rugged and rocky mountain, then through beautiful forest divided only by flowing streams, and then hiking through peaceful pastures with views of Grandfather. There were even horses waiting for us at the Holloway Mountain Road gate. They were a little pushy, I think they were telling us we were supposed to bring them something to eat! Very nice hike overall. I'd love to go back and do the other parts of the Tanawha that we just didn't have the time nor the energy to hike...



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May 2018