Flat Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Avery County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 3,983 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 280 feet. The Flat Rock parking is near the trailhead. Flat Rock (elevation 4,094 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail.
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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