Beacon Heights Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain179ft
Trailhead Elevation4,219ft
Top4,377ft
Elevation Min/Max4214/4377ft
Elevation Start/End4219/4219ft

Beacon Heights Trail

Beacon Heights Trail is a hiking trail in Avery County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 4,219 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 179 feet. The Beacon Heights parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Beacon Heights (elevation 4,354 feet). There are also viewpoints near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Mountains-to-Sea Trail and Tanawha Trail.

Beacon Heights Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 views are
outstanding."

"A short and popular leg-stretcher with spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and its nearly vertical-mile drop to the Piedmont. By adding either short or long stretches of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hikers can find solitude. This is one of the Parkway’s best leg-stretchers.

The grades are gradual, the footing isn’t very difficult, and the views are outstanding. It’s a popular hike, but by adding either a short or longer stretch of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hikers can easily outwit the crowds and picnic alone at scenic viewpoints."

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USGS Grandfather Mountain; Tanawha Trail/Beacon Heights handout map available in season at Linn Cove Information Station/Visitor Center and online at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/tanawha-rail.htm. Grandfather Mountain hiking map shows the trail best and is available for free at the Grandfather Mountain entrance (north 0.1 mile to US 221 exit; right 1.0 mile to entrance).
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Oct 2018