When the weather is gorgeous in the North Carolina mountains, there is nothing like taking in the incredible views. Hiking trails are abundant and for every level of ability. These photos feature a stop right along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a short easy hike and a much more strenuous option – each with their own rewards. Just pay attention to the descriptions (easily found on-line) and be sure to be prepared with the right footwear, clothing, hat, walking stick (sure helps on the steep walk back downhill) and water. Oh yeah – don’t forget your camera!
The summit of Hawksbill Mountain, at 4,009′ rewards hikers with incredible panoramic views of the Linville Gorge.
A 1.5 round-trip hike from the trail head, takes climbers up 700′ in elevation! It’s strenuous, but what’s the rush . . . The Linville Gorge plummets 2,000 feet below. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, off Hwy 181. On a really clear day they say you can even see the skyline of Charlotte from the top of Hawksbill Mountain.
Sunset at Beacon Heights. Just a 15-20 minute hike will bring you to some of the most glorious vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Parking for the trail head is located off MP 305.2 at the intersection of Grandfather Mountain and Hwy 221.
Price Lake, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, as the sun drops behind Grandfather Mountain.
Fences & flowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway.