The High Country is home to some of the best hikes on the east coast. Many trails can be accessed from the Blue Ridge parkway, where the scenery is unparalleled. Take a short hike around Price Lake, or enjoy an overnight camping trip in the Linville Gorge. There is a hike for almost everyone, from novice to expert. Below are a few of the most popular hikes that are located in the High Country.
Bass Lake Hike - A classic, handicapped-accessible hike around Bass Lake, with views of Moses Cone Manor. This short .8 mile loop can be extended. By walking up to Moses Cone Manor and taking other side routes.
Beacon Heights - Beacon Heights is famed for its spectacular long-range views of Table Rock, Hawksbill, Grandmother Mountain, and Grandfather Mountain. A short hike through the woods leads you to a large quartz rock outcrop. It feels like your on the edge of the world. Very popular spot to view sunrises and sunsets.
Beech Mountain Hikes - Beech Mountain has over 30 miles of town maintained hiking trails in the Highest Town on the East Coast. Take an easy stroll through in-town woods with the family, or test yourself on longer trails that leads to waterfalls and scenic vistas. You’ll see wildlife, waterfalls, picturesque lakes, and panoramas showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.
Elk Knob State Park - Elk Knob is one of a handful of geologically unique amphibolite peaks that rise north of Boone. Great hiking and great views are the draw. Bring a picnic, for the summit, or the picnic area. The stunted, wildly wind-gnarled summit covering of beech and other northern hardwood trees permit views in many directions.
Glen Burney Falls - Take the Glen Burney Trail from the quaint village streets of Blowing Rock and you suddenly find yourself in amidst waterfalls of remarkable beauty. Easily accessible from downtown Blowing Rock.
Grandfather Mountain State Park - There are easy lower elevation hikes on this famous mountain, but the serious hikers choose Grandfather Mountain for the rugged, alpine-like scenery on the high peaks. One of the most popular trails, the Profile Trail, awards hikers with varied terrain and unique rock outcrops.
Linville Falls - A variety of easy to moderately strenous hikes lead to views of Linville Falls, the Blue Ridge Parkway's biggest cascade. Enjoy several differing vantage points of this 90 foot waterfall.
Linville Gorge - As one of the deepest gorges on the East Coast, the Linville Gorge is considered to be the "Grand Canyon of the East". Hikes lead you to the summits of Hawksbill and Table Rock, as well as down to the river. With 40 miles of hiking trails, there is always something new to see.
Price Lake & Julian Price Park - Price Lake is a memorable lakeshore walk around a High Country "golden pond." Many hikes leave from Price Lake Campground -easily one of the premier places on the Parkway to set up a tent.
Roan Mountain / Appalachian Trail - At over 6,000 feet in elevation, Roan Mountain is home to the largest natural rhododenron gardens in the world. The Appalachian Trail passes over Roan Mountain, and is easily accessible at Carver's Gap. In winter, deep snow piles up for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
Rough Ridge - A very popular well maintained trail follows up Grandfather Mountain to spectacular views of the Linn Cove Viaduct and Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy some sunshine on one of the many rock outcrops. Continue on the Tanawha Trail all the way to the Viaduct for a longer hike.
Research shows that hiking can make you healthier and happier. Time in the outdoors is also a great activity for children. Those lucky to call the High Country home have great opportunities to explore the outdoors. Looking to move to the High Country, or purchase a vacation home? Click here to search for properties near all of the great hikes that we have to offer.