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A Wonderful Hike

Rough Ridge (Milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) offers some of the Parkway's most stunning... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Forest City, North Carolina
Great 1 to 2 your hike

We had lunch at the lookout. Excellwnt views. Light to Moderate effort for 60 year olds in good... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
3218 Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 302.8, Linville, NC 28646
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All reviews highly recommend this spot miles round trip moderate hike linn cove viaduct great hike mile marker grandfather mountain rainy day parking area take your time blowing rock milepost incline roots opportunities cloudy rocks
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Rough Ridge (Milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) offers some of the Parkway's most stunning views of the Blue Ridge and a great spot to view the Linn Cove Viaduct and Grandfather Mountain. The hike is relatively easy. We took our small dog and...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We had lunch at the lookout. Excellwnt views. Light to Moderate effort for 60 year olds in good shape. Bring walking poles. Then go to blowing rock for an ice cream at Kilwins

Thank patandjamie
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Even though I have been here before the scenery never gets old and neither does the hiking experience!

Thank Debi T
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

This is a short and moderate hike. The elevation gain is not too difficult but the rocks on the trail may be difficult for some. My 4 year old absolutely loved this hike as did I. There were vegetation changes along the hike and the...More

Thank DawgExplorer
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This place is awesome! Best Hiking trail on the parkway with the best views. It was 95 degrees in Charlotte and 62 here. This trail is well-maintained. About 10 minutes from Blowing Rock with easy parking along the parkway.

Thank david b
Reviewed 12 August 2018

This is the best spot to come for a good view of the mountains. It is not a very intense hike. It will take about 20-30 minutes one way. There are 3 lookouts along the trail. Each offers amazing views. I would highly recommend this...More

Thank patrickaustin20
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Our daughter took us to the top, what a treat! We had planned to go to Grandfather Mountain but it was ridiculously expensive. The view was fantastic and free!

Thank Marionfive
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

This trailhead was easy to find at mile marker 302.8 at the Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a small parking area and then you take the staircase up to the hike. The trail is somewhat narrow, and full of rocks and roots,...More

Thank Amlyma
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

We came down to the parkway just to do this hike. The views from the top didn’t disappoint. The hike is a bit over two miles round trip. Steady incline up. They don’t call it rough ridge for nothing! It’s really rocky so wear a...More

Thank 397sandran
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Stop at mile marker 302 on the Parkway, follow the steps up to start the 1 mile hike to the top Great overlooks with views of Lin cove viaduct, grandfather mountain and the blue ridge Moderate difficulty Great fun for age 4 to 90

Thank Retriever32
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