The Best Hikes near Blowing Rock

Dawn Sanders at Bays Mountain Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Rutherford County, North CarolinaChimney Rock at Chimney Rock State ParkRutherford County, North CarolinaChimney Rock is a great little hike, if you like to hike straight up. But the views of Lake Lure and the gorge are worth it. (And if you had a good...Kincora Hiking Hostel, Carter County, TennesseeKincora Hiking HostelCarter County, TennesseeA warm place on a rainy day. Bob Peoples has operated the Kincora Hiking Hostel as a service to backpackers for several years now. Inside there is...Unaka Mountain, Mitchell County, North CarolinaUnaka MountainMitchell County, North CarolinaThe day we reached Unaka mountain it had stormed the night before but the clouds had now risen high into the sky, it turned out we were going to...Three top moutain, Watauga County, North CarolinaThree top moutainWatauga County, North CarolinaSummit one of "three top" with my best friend. Challenging hike but the smokies were beautiful this dayHump Mountain, Avery County, North CarolinaHump MountainAvery County, North CarolinaOn my last day hiking the AT in Tennessee the weather cleared and hump mountain stood waiting. It provided the best views from the trail I have...Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TennesseeBays Mountain ParkKingsport, TennesseeAnother shot from the firetower...fall comes alive with color on Bays Mountain! This city owned park has some of the most beautiful sights in...Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TennesseeBays Mountain ParkKingsport, TennesseeMy home away from home. This park has 38 miles of beautiful trails for hiking, mountain biking, or running. I take advantage of the beautiful...Rough Ridge, Avery County, North CarolinaRough RidgeAvery County, North CarolinaRough Ridge is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just a 1/3 mile uphill hike from the parking area milepost 302.8. Is park of the Tanawha trail. The...Hebron Rock Colony, Boone, North CarolinaHebron Rock ColonyBoone, North CarolinaThe swimming holeLaurel Run Park, Hawkins County, TennesseeLaurel Run ParkHawkins County, TennesseeThe fall at Laurel Run in Church Hill, Tennessee. No rain has forced this beautiful fall to be almost a trickle! I believe it is still beautiful!...Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TennesseeBays Mountain ParkKingsport, TennesseeBeautiful "rosette" of Turkey Tail growing in the side of a dead log last fall on Lakeside Trail. The lighting was perfect....Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TennesseeBays Mountain ParkKingsport, Tennessee"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." -Eden Phillpots An iPhone photo I shot while hiking in...Mt Rogers, Grayson County, VirginiaMt RogersGrayson County, VirginiaI wanted to murder my friend for getting me up at 3 am to hike to the peak of Mount Rogers to watch sunrise. But once we got to the summit and...Grayson Highlands State Park, Grayson County, VirginiaGrayson Highlands State ParkGrayson County, VirginiaThis is the place to see real wild sexy ponies! They are all over the hills and happy to strike a pose for a photo. See more of our take on the...Rough Ridge, Avery County, North CarolinaRough RidgeAvery County, North CarolinaRough Ridge is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just a 1/3 mile uphill hike from the parking area milepost 302.8. Is park of the Tanawha trail. The...Grandfather Mountain, Avery County, North CarolinaGrandfather MountainAvery County, North CarolinaBeautiful for hiking, daytrips, or just to relax in nature.Stone Mountain, Watauga County, North CarolinaStone MountainWatauga County, North CarolinaNice hike to some trophy brook trout waterBays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TennesseeBays Mountain ParkKingsport, Tennessee"When the first baby laughed for the first time, it's laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they went skipping about, & that was the beginning of...Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TennesseeBays Mountain ParkKingsport, TennesseeThe first place I always go when visiting Bays Mountain is the Bobcat enclosure. These little darlings are so adorable and always put a smile on my...Dougherty Heights, Avery County, North CarolinaDougherty HeightsAvery County, North CarolinaMinimal effort for an awesome view. Short easy hike even for non hikers. This is a must!
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