Tanawha Trail to Rough Ridge Milepost 3028

Linville, North Carolina

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Quite possibly the Parkway’s easiest path to a spectacular view, here the Tanawha Trail traverses the alpine-appearing crest of a leading ridge to Grandfather Mountain. The cliff-lined alpine crest of Rough Ridge offers startling vistas atop a stone face visible to Parkway motorists. From many places on this part of the Tanawha Trail, including boardwalks just 0.3 mile from the Rough Ridge Parking Area, the vista engulfs you. As you’re standing on the boardwalks, Rough Ridge rises to the three loftiest summits of Grandfather Mountain—a rocky, dramatic climax at nearly 6,000 feet. The Wilson Creek drainage drops like an expansive chute past the Linn Cove Viaduct and Parkway, snaking to the south.

Tanawha Trail to Rough Ridge (Milepost 302.8) Professional Review and Guide

"Quite possibly the Parkway’s easiest path to a spectacular view, here the Tanawha Trail traverses the alpine-appearing crest of a leading ridge to Grandfather Mountain. The cliff-lined alpine crest of Rough Ridge offers startling vistas atop a stone face visible to Parkway motorists.

From many places on this part of the Tanawha Trail, including boardwalks just 0.3 mile from the Rough Ridge Parking Area, the vista engulfs you. As you’re standing on the boardwalks, Rough Ridge rises to the three loftiest summits of Grandfather Mountain—a rocky, dramatic climax at nearly 6,000 feet. The Wilson Creek drainage drops like an expansive chute past the Linn Cove Viaduct and Parkway, snaking to the south."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Linville
Distance: 0.6-2 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Maps: USGS Grandfather Mountain; Tanawha Trail handout map available in season at Linn Cove Information Station/Visitor Center and online at nps.gov/blri/plany-ourvisit/tanawha-trail.htm. The Grandfather Mountain hiking map shows the trail best and is available for free at the Grandfather Mountain entrance (south from Rough Ridge Overlook 2.3 miles to US 221 exit; right 1.0 mile to entrance).
Driving Directions: Directions to Tanawha Trail to Rough Ridge (Milepost 302.8)

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5/24/2011
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easy hike with a awsome view. some great rock climbing oportunities



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