Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 5
ElevationAscent: 8,974' 2,735 m
Descent: -9,790' -2,984 m
High: 4,670' 1,423 m
Low: 2,835' 864 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“The High Country: Beacon Heights to Devil’s Garden Overlook”— Jim Grode
Most of this trail is well-marked with the MST blaze—a 3” white circle. Where the MST runs conjunctively with the Tanawha Trail, the Tanawha Trail uses a white feather as signage. The section that follows carriage trails in Moses H. Cone Memorial Park has good signage but limited reference to MST. The Boone Fork Trail (BFT) near Price Park Campground uses an orange diamond. Bluff Mountain Trail (BMT) is maintained primarily by the National Park Service.
There are several different locations using the name Boone Fork. Make sure you get the right location when looking for a specific site. Don’t confuse Upper Boone Fork Trail along the Tanawha Trail section with Boone Fork Trail in Price Park.
The nearby towns of Linville, Blowing Rock, Boone, West Jefferson, and Sparta offer all amenities. They also make it easy to break this segment into several day trips.
For more information, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, and resupply information, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
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