Trail Run Project Logo

Tanawha Trail

Difficult
 4.6 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Blue Ridge Parkway for trail those visitors who want a classic, mountain trail.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

13.3

Miles

21.3

KM

93%

Runnable

4,669' 1,423 m

High

3,403' 1,037 m

Low

1,131' 345 m

Up

1,956' 596 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Built in 1993 at a cost of $750,000, The Tanawha Trail (Cherokee for fabulous hawk) is epic in every way. Expect everything from see-forever views atop craggy outcroppings to dense hardwood forests teaming with waterfalls. Beautiful bridges are photo worthy and make most creek crossings a breeze. Multiple access points along the always nearby Blue Ridge Parkway make it easy to shorten your trip or bail out if things are going poorly.

Description

Start at Beacon Heights, milepost 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most will do this as a one way journey. If so, leave another car or arrange for a ride from the traditional trail terminus near Price Lake. Stash this car either at Boone Fork Overlook, milepost 297.2 or Boone Fork Picnic Area, less than a mile further down the parkway. Reversing directions makes for a more strenuous journey.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge Parkway

Shared By:

Eric Heistand

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 16 votes

#1

in Grandfather

#574

Overall
  4.6 from 16 votes
5 Star
63%
4 Star
38%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#1

in Grandfather

#574

Overall
115 Views Last Month
7,142 Since Mar 13, 2016
Difficult

0%
0%
6%
6%
88%
0%

Photos

Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Elevated terrain with obstacles
Jun 14, 2020 near Foscoe, NC
Rainy day up in the clouds overlooking the trail to Lin cove
Jun 14, 2020 near Foscoe, NC
On the way up
Jul 22, 2020 near Linville, NC
Outcrop for a viewing and rest midway up.
Jul 22, 2020 near Linville, NC
Layers of Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Minor Issues 36 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Nov 20, 2020
Kimberley Gallien
Keyrah and I are headed out for a day of grit and beauty!
Aug 21, 2020
Michael Bochicchio
Jul 4, 2020
Mark Shanks
Beacon's Height to Price Park 14mi
Jun 13, 2019
Mike D
Price Lake out & back. This half of trail is in great shape after ~10in of rain in a week. Bridge over Boone Fork still closed so go under & rock hop 14mi
Apr 14, 2018
Jason Tischer
Ran from Julian Price Campground to Daniel Boone Scout and up to Calloway Peak. Tanawha is in great shape. Nice and dry and mostly clear. 6mi
Apr 20, 2017
Nicholas Ryan
13mi