Fern-Edged Footpath

Hiking Trails

Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway lands with this complete list of hiking trails by milepost, including length and difficulty.

Milepost Name/Description Length Difficulty
5.9 Mountain Farm Trail
self-guiding, from Humpback Visitor Center to pioneer farmstead
0.25 Easy
6 Appalachian Trail
Humpback Gap parking area to Humpback Mtn., elev. - 3650 feet
2 Strenuous
8.4 Catoctin Loop Trail
leg stretcher
0.3 Moderate
8.8 Greenstone Trail
self-guiding; Greenstone geology formation; oak hickory forest
0.2 Moderate
17.6 The Priest
0.1 Easy
18.5 White Rock Falls Trail Connection
walk through a stream bottom forest
2.9 Moderate
20 White Rock Falls Trail
follows stream to small falls
0.9 Moderate
26.3 Big Spy Mountain Trail
view into Shenandoah Valley; good for sky watching
0.1 Moderate
34.4 Yankee Horse Trail
to logging RR exhibit & small waterfall
0.2 Moderate
38.8 Boston Knob Trail
leg stretcher
0.1 Easy
47.5 Indian Gap Trail
to Indian Rocks; good seasonal rhododendron display
0.3 Moderate
55.2 White Oak Flats Trail
leg stretcher
0.1 Easy
60.8 Otter Creek Trail
begin at Otter Creek Campground
3.5 Moderate
63.1 Otter Lake Trail
around Otter Lake
0.8 Moderate
63.6 James River Trail
Self-guiding to canal locks
0.2 Easy
63.6 Trail of Trees Trail
self-guiding to James River Overlook
0.5 Moderate
74.7 Thunder Ridge Trail
leg stretcher loop to view of Arnold Valley
0.1 Easy
78.4 Apple Orchard Falls Trail
Sunset Field Overlook to view of Apple Orchard Falls
1.2 Strenuous
79.7 Onion Mountain Loop Trail
leg stretcher through Appalachian deciduous forest with rhododendron display
0.1 Easy
83.1 Fallingwater Cascades Trail
loop to view of cascades
1.6 Moderate
83.5 Cross Rock Trail
spur off Flat Top Trail; unique geological features
0.1 Moderate
83.5 Flat Top Trail
leads to highest of three prominent peaks in area
4.4 Moderate
85.7 Abbott Lake Trail
loop around Abbott Lake
1 Easy
85.9 Elk Run Trail
self-guiding loop nature trail from Visitor Center
0.8 Easy
85.9 Johnson Farm Loop Trail
loop to restored mountain farm
2.1 Moderate
85.9 Balance Rock Trail
spur trail off Harkening Hill Trail; unique geological formations
0.1 Moderate
85.9 Harkening Hill Trail
elevation -3300 feet; begin at Peaks Visitor Center
3.3 Moderate
86 Sharp Top Trail
from camp store to summit of Sharp Top Mtn.; elevation - 3875 feet; 360 degree panoramic view
1.5 Strenuous
91 Appalachian Trail
VA 695 to Sharp Top Mtn. Overlook
1.9 Moderate
92.5 Appalachian Trail
Sharp Top Mtn. Overlook to Harvey's Knob Overlook
2.9 Moderate
95.4 Appalachian Trail
Harvey's Knob Overlook to Motvale Overlook
0.6 Moderate
95.9 Appalachian Trail
Montvale Overlook to Taylor's Mountain Overlook
1 Moderate
96 Spec Mine Trail
USFS Trail begins near Montvale Overlook, to State Rt. 645 in Botetourt County
2.8 Strenuous
97 Appalachian Trail
Taylor's Mtn. Overlook to Blackhorse Gap
0.8 Moderate
110.6 Stewarts Knob Trail
0.05 Easy
114.9 Roanoke River Trail
self-guiding river loop
0.35 Easy
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Summit Trail
0.11 Moderate
120.5 Chestnut Ridge Trail
adjacent to Roanoke Mtn. campground
1.75 Moderate
121.4 Roanoke Valley Horse Trail
begins at U.S. Hwy 220 and parallels Parkway to Milepost 110.6
18.5 Moderate
123.2 Buck Mountain Trail
to summit view
0.53 Moderate
154.5 Smart View Loop Trail
around picnic area
2.6 Moderate
167.1 Rock Castle Gorge Trail
loop from campground along ridge over Rocky Knob and into gorge for 7-mile return to campground
10.8 Strenuous
167.1 Hardwood Cove Self-Guiding Nature Trail
part of Rock Castle Loop
0.8 Moderate
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Loop Trail
leg stretcher around picnic area
1 Easy
169 Black Ridge Trail
Rocky Knob Visitor Center to Black Ridge to Grassy Knoll and back to Visitor Center
3.1 Moderate
176.2 Mountain Industry Trail
Mabry Mill
0.5 Easy
179.2 Round Meadow Creek Loop Trail
walk through a stream bottom forest
0.5 Moderate
217.5 Cumberland Knob Trail
ideal lazy-day walk
0.5 Easy
217.5 Gully Creek Trail
rewarding loop that meanders by stream
2 Strenuous
218.6 Fox Hunters Paradise Trail
0.2 Easy
230.1 Little Glade Millpons Trail
easy loop stroll around pond
0.4 Easy
238.5 Cedar Ridge Trail
great for day hike; vistas and forests
4.2 Moderate
238.5 Bluff Mountain Trail
parallels Parkway to Milepost 244.7
7.5 Moderate
241 Bluff Ridge Trail
primitive trail with steep slopes
2.89 Strenuous
241 Fodder Stack Trail
great variety of plants
1 Moderate
243.7 Grassy Gap Fire Road
wide enough for side-by-side hiking
6.5 Moderate
243.7 Basin Creek Trail
access from back-country campground
3.3 Moderate
244.7 Flat Rock Ridge Trail
forest path with vistas
5 Moderate
260.3 Jumpingoff Rocks Trail
forest path to vista
1 Easy
264.4 The Lump Trail
to hilltop view
0.3 Easy
271.9 Cascades Trail
self-guiding loop to view of falls
0.5 Moderate
272.5 Tompkins Knob Trail
to Jesse Brown Cabin
0.6 Easy
294 Deer Park Carriage Trail
horse and hiking
0.8 Moderate
294 Duncan Carriage Trail
horse and hiking
2.5 Moderate
294 Maze Carriage Trail
horse and hiking
2.3 Moderate
294 Bass Lake Carriage Trail
horse and hiking
1.7 Easy
294 Black Bottom Carriage Trail
horse and hiking
0.5 Easy
294 Rich Mountain Trail
carriage, horse, and hiking
3 Moderate
294 Flat Top Mountain Trail
carriage, horse, and hiking
3 Moderate
294 Watkins Trail
carriage, horse, & hiking
3.3 Moderate
294 Rock Creek Bridge Trail
carriage, horse, and hiking
1 Easy
294.1 Figure 8 Trail
short self-guiding loop nature trail
0.7 Easy
294.6 Trout Lake Hiking & Horse Trail
1 Easy
295.9 Green Knob Trail
to Green Knob
2.3 Strenuous
296.5 Boone Fork Trail
stream, forest, and meadows
4.9 Strenuous
297 Price Lake Loop Trail
loop around Price Lake
2.3 Moderate
304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail
self-guiding, from Humpback Visitor Center to pioneer farmstead
0.16 Easy
305.2 Beacon Heights Trail
10 minutes to view
0.22 Moderate
305.5 Tanawha Trail
diverse biological and geological features
13.5 Moderate
308.2 Flat Rock Trail
self-guidling loop
0.63 Easy
315.5 Camp Creek Trail
leg stretcher throught laurel and rhododendron
0.1 Easy
316.4 Duggers Creek Trail
loop to view of Duggers Falls
0.25 Easy
316.4 Linville Gorge Trail
view of lower Falls
0.5 Strenuous
316.4 Linville Falls Trail
view of upper Falls
0.8 Moderate
316.5 Linville River Bridge Trail
leg stretcher to view of unusual bridge
0.1 Easy
320.8 Chestoa View Trail
30-minute loop to vista
0.63 Easy
339.5 Crabtree Falls Loop Trail
loop to view of Falls
2 Strenuous
344.1 Woods Mountain Trail
2 Moderate
350.4 Lost Cove Ridge Trail
0.6 Moderate
351.9 Deep Gap Trail
0.2 Easy
355 Bald Knob Ridge Trail
0.1 Easy
359.8 Big Butt Trail
0.2 Strenuous
361.2 Glassmine Falls
view of Falls
0.05 Moderate
364.2 Craggy Gardens Trail
first portion is self-guiding nature trail
0.84 Moderate
364.2 Craggy Pinnacle Trail
to panoramic view
0.73 Moderate
374.4 Rattlesnake Lodge Trail
woodland walk
0.5 Moderate
382 Mountain-to-Sea Trail/MTS Trail
from Folk Art Center to Milepost 365; spring wildflowers and views; parallels parkway; many accesses
7.5 Moderate
393.7 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Bent Creek-Walnut Cove
3.1 Strenuous
396.4 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Walnut Cove-Sleepy Gap
1.7 Moderate
397.3 Grassy Knob Trail
steep trail to USFS area
0.9 Strenuous
397.3 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Sleepy Gap-Chestnut Cove
0.7 Moderate
398.3 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Chestnut Cove-Bent Creek Gap
2.8 Strenuous
400.3 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Bent Creek Gap-Beaver Dam Gap
1.9 Moderate
401.7 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Beaver Dam Gap-Stoney Bald
0.9 Moderate
402.6 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Stoney Bald-Big Ridge
1.2 Strenuous
403.6 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Big Ridge-Mills River Valley
1.2 Strenuous
404.5 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Mills River Valley-Elk Pasture Gap
1.2 Strenuous
405.5 Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail
Elk Pasture Gap-Mt. Pisgah
1.7 Strenuous
407.6 Mt. Pisgah Trail
summit view
1.26 Strenuous
407.6 Buck Springs Trail
Pisgah Lodge to view
1.06 Moderate
408.5 Frying Pan Mountain Trail
1.65 Strenuous
417 East Fork Trail
USFS access to Shining Rock Trail System
0.1 Moderate
418.8 Graveyard Fields Loop Trail
loop by a stream
2.29 Moderate
419.4 John Rock Trail
leg stretcher to view
0.1 Easy
422.4 Devil’s Courthouse Trail
panoramic summit view
0.42 Moderate
427.6 Bear Pen Gap Trail
access to Mountains-to-Sea Trail
0.22 Easy
431 Richland Balsam Trail
self-guiding loop through spruce-fir forest
1.47 Moderate
433.8 Toy Taylor Overlook Trail
paved trail to overlook
0.1 Easy
451.2 Waterrock Knob Trail
summit view
1.18 Strenuous

More information about hiking including books, maps, safety tips, and nearby trail systems can be found in our Blue Ridge Parkway hiking guide.