Take a hike from the Parkway

Here are just a few of the numerous hiking trails found right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina (all trail-mileage listings are one-way):

• Milepost 351.9: Deep Gap Trail, 0.6 miles (easy)

• Milepost 355.0: Bald Knob Ridge Trail, 0.1 miles (easy)

• Milepost 359.8: Big Butt Trail, 0.2 miles (strenuous)

• Milepost 361.2: Glassmine Falls (view of falls), 0.05 miles (moderate)

• Milepost 364.2: Craggy Pinnacle Trail (panoramic view), 0.73 miles (moderate)

• Milepost 364.2: Craggy Gardens Trail, 0.84 miles (moderate)

• Milepost 374.4: Rattlesnake Lodge Trail, 0.5 miles (moderate)

• Milepost 382.0: Mountains-to-Sea Trail (wildflowers, great views), 7.5 miles (moderate)

• Milepost 407.6: Mt. Pisgah Trail (summit view), 1.26 miles (moderate to strenuous)

• Milepost 407.6: Buck Springs Trail, 1.06 miles (easy to moderate)

• Milepost 408.5: Frying Pan Mountain Trail, 1.65 miles (moderate to strenuous)

• Milepost 418.8: Graveyard Fields Loop Trail, 2.29 miles (moderate)

• Milepost 422.4: Devil’s Courthouse trail (panoramic summit view), 0.42 miles (moderate to strenuous)

Parkway hiking tips:

1. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended for most trails, even the “easy” ones.

2. Sudden changes in temperature are common in the mountains during all seasons; dress in layers.

3. Stay on established trails. Shortcutting at switchbacks causes soil erosion and disfigures the trail.

4. Do not drink the water in streams or springs.

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