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Rough Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Amazing views with short distance.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Out and Back

4,662' 1,421 m

High

4,325' 1,318 m

Low

337' 103 m

Up

336' 102 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Fairly short and not too technical.

Overview

This is a great shorter out-and-back hike with several places to stop and take in the views including Grandfather Mountain. This trail is a popular one and good for all skill levels—appropriate for kids and dogs too! The trail begins at Mile Marker 302 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Need to Know

Will need shoes with good soles for grip to get to the top. The trail can be muddy and slippery after rain. There is limited parking.

Description

I decided to hike this small portion of the Tanawha Trail with my son. The view is amazing, and it’s not very long. If I wasn’t so out of shape, I’m sure we could have done this much faster. But why would you want to? Savor the views!

There is moderate traffic on a weekday, and the trail is likely busy on the weekend. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains never disappoint! The hike starts off with a short set of stairs and leading over a bridge. Then it's up the hill with rock stairs and railroad ties to help with terrain.

Next you come to a boardwalk section and a view, but that's not the top! Keep going up the trail until you reach the open area where there are metal posts and wire barrier for safety. If you climb to the top of that huge rock, you look out over Grandfather Mountain. The majority of the trail is under the canopy with the overlooks being exposed.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of rhododendron and fragile sand myrtle (protected by the boardwalk).

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge Parkway

Shared By:

Michelle Martus

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  5.0 from 9 votes

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Photos

Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Elevated terrain with obstacles
Jun 14, 2020 near Foscoe, NC
Rainy day up in the clouds overlooking the trail to Lin cove
Jun 14, 2020 near Foscoe, NC
On the way up
Jul 22, 2020 near Linville, NC
Outcrop for a viewing and rest midway up.
Jul 22, 2020 near Linville, NC
The kid looking out
Aug 28, 2018 near Linville, NC

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Sep 6, 2020
Sharon Harris
Aug 9, 2020
Drew Sigmon
2.2mi
Aug 9, 2020
Paolo Jacobs
very rocky trail , prepare for that, and due to that wud not want to do while raining as slippery rocks. so take your time. Views are amazing though!
Jul 26, 2020
Jennifer Marquardt
Didn't make it to the top; turned around by a thunderstorm. 0.5mi
Jun 20, 2020
Jessica Sutherland
Felecia and Dan hike — 1h 30m
Jun 11, 2020
Chris Ferrone
Jun 2, 2020
Sharon Gardner
With Jerry 5mi
May 25, 2020
Denise Hamilton
10h 20m