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Rough Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult

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1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer out and back
74% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 337' 103 m
Descent: -336' -102 m
High: 4,662' 1,421 m
Low: 4,325' 1,318 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Michelle Martus

Amazing views with short distance.

Michelle Martus

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This is a great shorter out-and-back run with several places to stop and take in the views including Grandfather Mountain. This trail is a popular one and good for all skill levels—appropriate for kids and dogs too! The trail begins at Mile Marker 302 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Need to Know

Will need shoes with good soles for grip to get to the top. The trail can be muddy and slippery after rain. There is limited parking.

Runner Notes

Not really a trail running trail. Would probably be too crowded, and the terrain isn't really conducive

Description

I decided to run this small portion of the Tanawha Trail with my son. The view is amazing, and it’s not very long. If I wasn’t so out of shape, I’m sure we could have done this much faster. But why would you want to? Savor the views!

There is moderate traffic on a weekday, and the trail is likely busy on the weekend. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains never disappoint! The run starts off with a short set of stairs and leading over a bridge. Then it's up the hill with rock stairs and railroad ties to help with terrain.

Next you come to a boardwalk section and a view, but that's not the top! Keep going up the trail until you reach the open area where there are metal posts and wire barrier for safety. If you climb to the top of that huge rock, you look out over Grandfather Mountain. The majority of the trail is under the canopy with the overlooks being exposed.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of rhododendron and fragile sand myrtle (protected by the boardwalk).

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge Parkway

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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
Layers of Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Boardwalk
Aug 28, 2018 near Linville, NC
The kid looking out
Aug 28, 2018 near Linville, NC
Another great photo op
Aug 28, 2018 near Linville, NC

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