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Tanawha Trail

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Length


13.3 Miles 21.3 Kilometers


1,131' 345 m

Ascent

-1,956' -596 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

4,669' 1,423 m

High

3,403' 1,037 m

Low

Shared By Eric Heistand

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The Blue Ridge Parkway for trail those visitors who want a classic, mountain trail.

Eric Heistand

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Built in 1993 at a cost of $750,000, The Tanawha Trail (Cherokee for fabulous hawk) is epic in every way. Expect everything from see-forever views atop craggy outcroppings to dense hardwood forests teaming with waterfalls. Beautiful bridges are photo worthy and make most creek crossings a breeze. Multiple access points along the always nearby Blue Ridge Parkway make it easy to shorten your trip or bail out if things are going poorly.

Description

Start at Beacon Heights, milepost 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most will do this as a one way journey. If so, leave another car or arrange for a ride from the traditional trail terminus near Price Lake. Stash this car either at Boone Fork Overlook, milepost 297.2 or Boone Fork Picnic Area, less than a mile further down the parkway. Reversing directions makes for a more strenuous journey.

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Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge Parkway

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Sep 8, 2018
Jack Bert P
Sep 5, 2018
Mike Atkins
Aug 25, 2018
George Clark
Nice to be able to enter at multiple parking lots. We hiked from Linn Cove to Rough Ridge. A bit more challenging terrain than expected. 2.7mi
Aug 4, 2018
Alexander Albert
Entered at mile 302.8 for rough ridge overlook. Low hanging clouds today made for a floating feeling 1mi
Jul 21, 2018
Jon Larson
Jul 7, 2018
Mike Atkins
Jun 28, 2018
Drew Sigmon
4.7mi
Dec 29, 2017
Justin Irene
5mi

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