Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain4,035ft
Trailhead Elevation2,231ft
Elevation Min/Max2227/3352ft
Elevation Start/End2231/2231ft

Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a hiking trail in Asheville, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 2,231 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,035 feet. The Haw Creek Valley viewpoint can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Mountains to Sea Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"With all the great hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, why include a section within sight of rapidly growing Asheville? Because sometimes the après hike is equally important. You’ll notice several spur trails during the first mile or so. Most are short and the occasional diversion is inevitable. Indulge. Then return and continue north through a mature hardwood forest of poplar, oak, and hickory. After 1.25 miles, the trail crosses the Parkway and climbs into a more alpine environment, with rock outcrops, pines, summer-fragrant galax, and mountain laurel. Look down the mountain to your west and you’ll notice Asheville’s advance in the form of tract housing filling the valley." Read more

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Reviews

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Orient east before heading out from folk art center. We walked west by mistake just following the trail. Heading back east there''s good birding, warblers, thrush etc gently rolling up and down first mile or so, then you walk under BlueRidge Parkway and come out on bridge over Swannanoa river where trail markers disappeared. Go through tunnel under I-40 and find trail marker to your right where ascent begins. Too bad this trail is so noisy because it''s pretty through the woods and like I said, good birding even midday. That was disappointing, though traffic sounds faded as we climbed. But we turned back 1.5 miles from top. We are rusty hikers and 60+, but it was good workout while not too strenuous. Only did 4 mi. there and back. Saw fresh bear scat on way back but not bear. The Folk Art Center on return was a welcome respite.

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
Skill Level
USGS Oteen, Craggy Pinnacle
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Dec 2018