In the Boone area, hikers can climb ladders to scale cliffs a mile above surrounding valleys to MacRae Peak at Grandfather Mountain, explore the wild canyon of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, follow the Appalachian Trail across Roan and Hump Mountains where waving grasses offer alpine vistas, and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway where entry-level hiking is at its best. 

Several trails can be found just steps away from area accommodations. Boone's paved greenway trail follows the South Fork of the New River. Blowing Rock's Glen Burney Trail leaves quaint streets, plummets into a gorge, and follows waterfalls. Valle Crucis Community Park trails wander past wetlands.



North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain contains some of the South's most... Read More

A classic, handicapped-accessible hike or cross country ski tour around a... Read More

This fully accessible trail is either paved or gravel surfaced and mostly flat.... Read More

Hike the moderate 5.1-mile Boone Fork Trail to walk through blooming... Read More

A new trail in development will one day connect Boone and Blowing Rock by one... Read More

Elk Knob is one of a handful of geologically unique amphibolite peaks that rise... Read More

The route of the Glen Burney Trail is reputed to have been a Native American... Read More

Take a variety of easy to difficult trails to see the Blue Ridge... Read More

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park has over 25 miles of wide trails, planned... Read More

Hike through a high-elevation forest to scenic Otter Falls in the beautiful Blue... Read More

It's a memorable walk, in spring, summer or fall, when the water laps at the... Read More

Roan Mountain is one of Eastern America's most scenic summits. During the... Read More

Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway's Tanawha Trail to awesome views on Grandfather... Read More

Hoist an overnight pack in Eastern America's highest mountains. Read the... Read More

Finding and photographing waterfalls is one of the most popular ways to soak up... Read More

Help preserve Boone's incredible trails by planning ahead, keeping on designated trails, respecting wildlife, packing out trash, and being considerate of others in nature. Learn More >


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