The High Country has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the area. Whether you are an experienced hiker looking for a challenge or a family with small children looking for a leisurely stroll through the forest to enjoy the scenery, there are all levels of trails in the Boone NC area. There are three main hiking areas in Boone and the surrounding areas of the High Country, namely the Boone Greenway, the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, and the Grandfather Mountain hikes. Take a moment and browse our inviting NC Mountain Vacation Rentals. All are located near all the fun things to do in the High Country and very close to several great places to hike!
The Boone Greenway is an excellent option for inexperienced hikers or those looking for a more leisurely stroll, as it is relatively flat and paved. It is a favorite jogging location for locals and dog owners looking for some exercise. The whole area surrounding the Greenway is landscaped and relatively well-exposed. It is more of an in-town view of the Boone area that does not venture out into the deep, mountainous woods of the surrounding areas. The path of the Greenway runs alongside the New River's South Fork for a time and winds through a few neighborhoods within Boone. The Greenway trail also passes the Watauga Humane Society, so many volunteers use it as an opportunity to exercise dogs that are looking for homes. This trail is a great option when it has been raining or during inclement weather, since worrying about mud or poor terrain is not an issue. Contact the Town of Boone for Greenway maps or additional information by calling 828-262-4560.
The Blue Ridge Parkway trails are accessible from a few different locations on the Parkway and cover a range of difficulties. Mile marker 294 offers the trails surrounding the Moses Cone property and features the Moses Cone Park Figure Eight trail, which is considered an easy trail, good for any ability level and is only a half-mile round trip. Also, the Flat Top Mountain Carriage Trail, created for the Cone family carriages, is a moderate 2.8 mile trail, and the Rich Mountain Carriage Trail is a moderate 5.1 mile trail. These carriage trails stay clear and easy to navigate during inclement weather. Many equestrians also use these trails, so keep your eyes out for horses along the way.
If you travel to mile marker 296.7, you will reach the Julian Price Memorial Park and the Price Lake hiking trail. This trail is a moderate 2.3 mile loop through the woods surrounding Price Lake. The Price Lake trail has a tendency to be wet due to its rocks and streams that trickle into Price Lake and cross the trail, so bring your hiking shoes and appropriate clothing. When you're done hiking, rent a canoe and enjoy an afternoon on the lake. Or just stop at the Boone Fork Overlook to enjoy a picnic and the view.
Farther along the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 302 and 303, the Tanawha Trail will take you to the Raven Rocks Overlook and the Wilson Creek Overlook. The Raven Rocks hike takes you to the falls of the Boone Fork and through a forest with an extremely tropical feel. This trail is classified as moderate and is a one-way 3.2 mile expedition. The Wilson Creek Overlook on the Tanawha Trail is a 1.45 mile, one-way trail considered strenuous. If you hike this trail, be sure to have correct footwear and bring water along for the trip.
In addition to the Parkway trail system, Grandfather Mountain has its own system of hiking trails and nature walks. The nature walks are accessible via the summit road and are free of charge. These are mild trails that offer visitors an option to view the mountain without making an all-day adventure out of the trip. The Backcountry Hiking Trails, on the other hand, are accessible only with a paid permit. Permits are available daily or for the season. Contact Grandfather Mountain for more information on hours and permits. The Backcountry Hiking Trails are considered strenuous and often include assisted climbing ladders to ascend or descend rock faces. Be sure to plan your hiking so as to be finished by dark, because hikers not returning to their cars will have a search party sent out after them. While hiking, enjoy the flora and fauna within Grandfather Mountain's Nature Conservancy. Be sure to 'leave no trace' by carrying any trash with you until you are out of the park.
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