Tanawha Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trail wastes little time impressing as it travels the southeast flank of Grandfather Mountain. In less than two-tenths of a mile from the visitor center, the trail ducks under the viaduct, then climbs a boulder field and passes through a short tunnel created by the boulders. Cross one of several impressive footbridges along this stretch into a forest carpeted by ferns and pungent galax.
More boulders, more galax, more rhododendron. More up, more down. At mile 1.4, you’ll encounter a spur trail down to the Wilson Creek Overlook. Continue another mile down the trail and you’ll encounter one of the most gorgeous spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway: the Rough Ridge heath bald, covered with huckleberry, mountain ash, and Catawba rhododendron."