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Bluff Mountain Trail

Intermediate

Trail

7.2 mile 11.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 905' 276 m
Descent: -678' -207 m
High: 3,780' 1,152 m
Low: 3,198' 975 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

An easy, scenic, crazy nice stretch of singletrack with tons of good views along the edge of Doughton Park.

Brandon Thrower

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Bluff Mountain Trail is a 7-ish mile segment of the Mountain to Sea Trail in Doughton Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the easiest trail in Doughton Park and the one with the most views. The only really challenging section is the short switchback ascent up the Alligators Back, but it's still pretty tame compared to the rest of the trails in the park that descend the entire mountain. Use this trail to link up the other trails and get some solid mountain hiking in at this gem of a park.

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Land Manager: Blue Ridge Parkway

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Oct 11, 2017
Taylor Keith
Alligator backbone to Brenigar Cabin 5.9mi
Sep 23, 2017
Brandon Sykes
Nov 7, 2003
Brianna Lineberry

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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#166

in North Carolina

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Photos

Clouds hang low in the valley along Alligator Back on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Jan 3, 2017 near Sparta, NC
Trailhead parking
Aug 6, 2019 near Sparta, NC
Blue Ridge Parkway at the top of Flat Rock Ridge
Jan 9, 2018 near Mulberry, NC
Some of the alligator rocks
Aug 6, 2019 near Sparta, NC
View from Bluff Mountain
Aug 6, 2019 near Sparta, NC
Mountain to Sea Trail Alligator Back Blue Ridge Parkway 1152
Aug 12, 2019 near Sparta, NC

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