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Doughton Park-Mileposts 241.1-248.1 Professional Review and Guide
"After the Parkway’s journey south over pastoral rolling scenery to the Virginia state line, North Carolina’s Doughton Park signals the road’s return to loftier country. Doughton Park rears to an abrupt escarpment of rocky cliffs and plunging coves. Across this crest—where the Parkway winds along the edge of prominent headlands—dramatic bluffs afford great views, hence the area’s originally being called the Bluffs. Doughton—roughly Mileposts 238.0 to 246.0—includes a dramatic drop into Basin Cove, a watershed more than 2,000 feet deep that plummets southeast from the roadside. This 6,000-acre area is one of only three places on the Parkway where overnight backpacking is permitted."
--Randy Johnson, Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides).
I did the Basin Creek trail, 10 miles in and out to Caudill Cabin, counting the distance on the fire road.
This trail was insanely gorgeous. It has something for everyone - water, hills and beautiful dense forest.
Be sure to bring a walking stick and some shoes you can get wet. There are a lot of fordings on this trail and a lot of beautiful falls of various sizes that you're going to want to see up-close.
There's no one part of the Basin Creek Trail that's really terribly difficult, but the fordings, the up and down, that final hill (maybe 3/4 mi?) to the cabin and the length all take their toll.
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