Flat Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This educational trail has good distant views of noteworthy nearby summits. Here’s a rare hike—one not to miss for serious hikers and more casual Parkway motorists alike. This is a quick walk to a good view or a wonderful hour-plus stroll for a family wanting nature study or a picnic.Not far above the parking area, where the trail loop splits, head left amid yellow jewelweed. Interpretive signs point out tree species and the shiny heart-shaped leaves of galax on the ground under the rhododendron. After passing a resting bench, step onto the quartzite outcrop of Flat Rock."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides).
"An educational trail with natural history interpretive signs as well as sighting devices to help identify noteworthy nearby summits; good distant views. Here’s a rare hike—one not to miss for serious hikers and more casual Parkway motorists alike. This is a quick walk to a good view or a wonderful hour plus stroll for a family that could include nature study or a picnic. Even the well-versed naturalist will find interesting insights in the twenty or so interpretive signs. This well-maintained popular trail ascends gradually then wanders northward along an outcrop with wonderful westward-facing views. Then it drops east back to the road. The trail passes through a Northern hardwood forest, with rhododendron and other more southerly species at an elevation of 4,000 feet."
--Randy Johnson, Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides).
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