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Blowing Rock North Carolina Hiking Trails

Blowing Rock NC Hiking Trails

Blowing Rock NC Hiking Trails

Blowing Rock NC Vacations Travel Guide to Blowing Rock North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway, part of the National Park Service, runs through Blowing Rock North Carolina, and offers many Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains Hiking Trails, ranging from easy to strenuous.

Many of the Blue Ridge Parkway hiking trail heads have very small parking lots, so get there early in the morning if you want a parking spot.

Here are some of the Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trails in and around Blowing Rock North Carolina, including the Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost, Hiking Distance, and the Hiking Trail Rating

Blowing Rock NC Hiking Trails

Blowing Rock NC Hiking Trails

Bass Lake (294.0, 0.9, easy) – Horseback Riding / Fishing
Trout Lake (294.6, 1.0 easy) – Fishing
Sims Creek Hiking Trail (295.4, 1.0 easy)
Boone Fork Hiking Trail (296.5, 4.9 strenuous)
Price Lake (296.7, 2.3, moderate) – Canoe Rentals / Fishing
Rough Ridge Hiking Trail (302.4, 3.2, moderate)
Beacon Heights Hiking Trail (305.2, 0.3, moderate)

Here are the official National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trail Maps and Grandfather Mountain Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains around Blowing Rock NC. These PDF files below can be printed out, or stored on your iPhone or iPad, and later viewed in iBooks.

National Park Service: (828) 298-0398 / (828) 271-4779

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Blue Ridge Parkway Maps

Blue Ridge Parkway Map
Julian Price Park Hiking TrailsVideo
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Moses Cone Park Carriage Trails
Tanawha Hiking Trail
Doughton Park Trails

The Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trails and Grandfather Mountain Hiking Trails can suddenly turn dangerous if you get caught in a severe afternoon thunderstorm, get injured on the trail, get lost off the trail, or end up in the woods in the dark. Forget about cell phone coverage – they rarely work along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

5.11 Push Pack Hiking Pack Bug Out Bag

Recommended Hiking Gear

Here is some Hiking Gear you should carry with you:
Day Push Pack for carrying these small items...
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
• Layered clothes for both cool and warm weather
• Sweatshirt, sweater, or jacket for varying weather
• Sturdy rubber-soled Hiking Boots
Men’s Hiking Boots or Women’s Hiking Boots
Non-Cotton Hiking Socks
Hiking Poles (optional)
Sun Hat
Portable Weather Radio (optional)
Sunscreen Wipes
Water Bottle
Pocket First Aid Kit
Emergency Rain Coat
Emergency Blanket
LED Pocket Flashlight with extra AA Lithium Battery
Six Function Whistle with Compass
Water Proof Matches

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Cotton Carrier Systems

Hikers, Skiers, Photographers!

If you have a SLR camera with a medium or a long lens, you know how difficult these cameras can be to take securely on remote hiking trails, mountain biking or downhill skiing. The Cotton Carrier Systems Holster keeps your SLR camera secure against your body, for all types of adventure photography.

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Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

Time Magazine Invention of the Year Winner, LifeStraw features a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It is perfect for the Ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. LifeStraw meets EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing. LifeStraw has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief.
Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway

– Leonard Adkins

Veteran hiker Leonard M. Adkins includes information on every trail that touches the Parkway, including the Appalachian Trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and other public pathways on national park, state park, national forest, municipal, and private lands. You’ll find GPS coordinates for official Parkway trailheads, along with fifty maps and many photographs of what you'll see along the way.
New River Blueway Topographic Map

New River Blueway Topographic Map

– National Geographic

Covers: George Washington Nat. Forest, Jefferson Nat. Forest, New River Canoe Trail, Claytor Lake State Park, Mt. Jefferson State Park, New River Trail State Park, New River State Park, Shot Tower Hist. Park, River Outfitter Locations. Towns: Boone, NC; Jefferson, NC; Mouth of Wilson, VA; Fries Junction, VA; Jackson Ferry, VA; Radford, VA; Pulaski, VA; Pearisburg, VA; Peterstown, WV. Includes UTM grids for use with your GPS unit.

• Waterproof.
• Tear-Resistant.
Hiking North Carolina

Hiking North Carolina

– Randy Johnson

This newly revised and expanded edition of Hiking North Carolina describes nearly 500 routes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smokies—Eastern America’s highest mountains—across the rolling Piedmont, to the Outer Banks archipelago. Choose a challenging backpack adventure on the Appalachian Trail, an easy family ramble on an urban greenway, a trek through a lush subtropical enclave, or a hike to photograph wildflowers and waterfalls.
North Carolina Waterfalls

North Carolina Waterfalls

– Kevin Adams

Since its original publication in 1994, North Carolina Waterfalls has been the most comprehensive guide available to one of the prime natural features of the Tar Heel State. This new edition includes over 600 waterfalls, with detailed directions and trail and beauty ratings for the major waterfalls on public land. For the first time, waterfalls located on private land will be listed, although directions won’t be provided.

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