Boone NC Hiking Trails
Don’t overlook one of our area’s most popular outdoor attractions on your next Boone NC vacation…our Boone NC hiking trails offer something for every level of ability. Whether you are looking for a steep ascent of Grandfather Mountain or descent into the Linville Gorge, a moderate hike along one of the many Blue Ridge Parkway trails, or an easy leg-stretcher around the paved trail at the Valle Crucis Community Park or Boone Greenway Trail, the High Country has much to offer. Hiking trails are scattered throughout the Boone NC area, Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis, Sugar Mountain and Banner Elk, so it is never far from any of our Boone vacation rentals, Todd cabin rentals or Banner Elk luxury rentals.
For those who enjoy paved Boone NC hiking trails that the entire family can enjoy, from toddlers to grandparents, be sure to check out the Boone Greenway paths. Parking is available in several areas, kids can bring their bikes, scooters or skates, and everyone in the family will enjoy the scenic setting that follows a bit of the South Fork of the New River. Another great family option is the Valle Crucis Community Park trails with the Watauga River running down one side of this popular paved loop. Some even enjoy their easy hike in Valle Crucis while enjoying the popular Friday night Music in the Valle concert series!
Moving off pavement, there are several more Boone NC hiking trails that are not too challenging for your Boone and Blowing Rock hikes. Just a few minutes from downtown Blowing Rock and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Bass Lake loop trail. This 1.7-mile trail meanders through rhododendron and mountain laurel as it circles Bass Lake. Moses Cone Memorial Park is another great hiking option along the Blue Ridge Parkway, with 25 miles of carriage trails that allow hikers to enjoy meadows, fields and forests. And the 2.2-mile Price Lake Loop trail is another convenient option for hiking trails close to Boone – be sure to bring your mud boots for this one, and leave time to rent a canoe or kayak from Price Lake Boat Rentals.
One of the newer hiking options in Boone is the Summit Trail in Elk Knob State Park. Just under two miles to the summit of Elk Knob, hikers enjoy breathtaking views upon arrival. For hiking in Banner Elk, be sure to try the hiking trails on Sugar Mountain, which offer shorter options for a quick hike. Hiking trails are also available on Beech Mountain, as well as guided hikes throughout the summer.
For those seeking more strenuous and longer hikes in the Boone NC area, options are endless. The popular Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail is accessed off of NC 105, and offers a three-mile climb rising more than 2,000 feet in elevation – be sure to get your hiking permit (free) from the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trailhead parking area. Nearby, the Linville Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the East, allows hikers to enjoy a more remote wilderness trail, but are recommended for experienced hikers only.
For more information on Boone NC hiking trails, be sure to check out Hiking In The High Country by following this link.
A visit to the High Country of NC is not complete without at least one hike to take in the magic of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Easy hikes near Boone NC, intermediate hikes in Banner Elk NC, or strenuous hikes on Grandfather Mountain and into The Linville Gorge never fails to please. Be sure to ask which of the NC mountain hikes are closest to your vacation rental with us.