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Hiking in North Carolina

The Alpine Village Inn in the Village of Blowing Rock is the perfect place to stay in Blowing Rock. Our Blowing Rock NC Hotel is minutes from Shopping in Blowing Rock NC, Blowing Rock NC Attractions, and lots of Blowing Rock NC Activities. When you stay at our Blowing Rock NC Hotel you'll have access to lots of exciting outdoor activities including Hiking in North Carolina.

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers miles of scenic driving as well as access to extensive North Carolina Mountain Hiking Trails. Blowing Rock NC is located at milepost 292 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just a few minutes from downtown, you'll find North Carolina Hiking Trails ranging from easy to strenuous.

Green Knob Trail

This moderately strenuous 2.3 mile loop is four miles from town and starts at the Sim's Pond Parking Area. This trail is diverse in scenery and will take you through dense rhododendrons, large hemlocks, creeks, ponds, and an elevation gain of nearly 500 feet. Beautiful open meadow of Green Knob capture the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a magnificent panoramic view. At the 0.6 mile you'll pass under the Parkyway allowing hikers to view this engineering masterpiece from a different angle. You'll also have views of Price Lake and Calloway Peak on this North Carolina Mountain Hiking Trail!

Boone Fork Trail

Hike through mountain streams, meadows, and shaded woods on this moderate to strenuous 5.5 mile loop. Allow about three hours of daylight for this hike which is accessed by crossing the wooden footbridge in Price Park Picnic Area. Also, do to creek crossing be sure to bring along your favorite pair of water sandals. If you enjoy a more secluded hike, or like to hike alone, this is the ideal trail to travel during weekdays. Wildlife is also prevalent in the area, so be sure to bring your camera and have it ready for any of the action. One of the most favored trails, be sure to check out this trail before you leave the area.

Tanawha Trail

This 13.5 mile hike parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain after beginning at the Boone Fork Trail and winds through Price Park ending at Beacon Heights where you'll have breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is certainly an all-day hike and well worth your time if you decide to commit to the entire trail. Because of the many access points, hikers can enjoy parts of the trail in the interests of perserving time. The trails covers everything from thickets of laurel and rhododendron to shady glens thick with birch and beech trees. To preserve to integrity of the surrounding area, hikers are asked to stay on all designated paths.

Linville Falls Trails

A short drive from Blowing Rock are the Linville Falls Trails. These moderate to strenuous trails will offer you several different views of Linville Falls. Hike down to the bottom of the falls or enjoy an easier hike to one of several overlooks where you'll have a panoramic view of the waterfalls! Despite the allure and amazing nature of the waters in this area hikers should be warned that swimming and/or climbing on the rocks are strickly prohibited. All trails pass through forest of white pine, oaks and birch. Sprinkled with wildflowers the autumn season brings with it colors and sounds not found elsewhere.

If you're looking for an all-day adventure or short afternoon hike, there are plenty of options close to the Alpine Village Inn. There are many Blowing Rock NC Activities at your fingertips when you spend your Blowing Rock Vacation at our Town of Blowing Rock Inn. Call us today for more information on our Blowing Rock NC Accommodations and be sure to Visit Blowing Rock NC.

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