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Tanawha Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

13.3 mile 21.3 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,131' 345 m
Descent: -1,956' -596 m
High: 4,669' 1,423 m
Low: 3,403' 1,037 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Eric Heistand

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

Eric Heistand

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.

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Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge Parkway

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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

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Photos

Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Summit
Aug 28, 2018 near Linville, NC
Neat "gap" through boulders exiting onto a bridge with a great view.
Sep 9, 2019 near Linville, NC
Layers of Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
The Linn Cove Viaduct is high above the trail in this photo.
Sep 9, 2019 near Linville, NC
Boardwalk
Aug 28, 2018 near Linville, NC

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