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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."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides).
easy hike with a awsome view. some great rock climbing oportunities
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