Explore Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Catch an incredible sunrise from the rock outcroppings at Beacon Heights.

Beacon Heights is the perfect hike when you're on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville and Grandfather Mountain, Milepost 305.2. The trail is a steady climb uphill for less than a half mile. The last section being fairly steep and rocky. Once at the top, there are several rock outcroppings, but veer left to enjoy the perfect sunrise. You will know you're in the right spot when you see a lone boulder perched on top of a rock outcropping. Elevation 4382'. From here, you are looking East and the view spans towards the South and Linville Gorge. You will see Table Rock and Hawksbill mountain in the distance.

As you begin your hike, about half way you will junction with the Mountains to Sea Trail heading right. This where you turn left towards the top. Your next trail junction will be at a wooden bench. Go left here again and follow the trail to the top. If you go right at the bench, there is another large rock that faces south and towards the west... though a sunset is a bit obscured due to trees. However, there is a great place over there to put a Hammock. There is also a very large rock outcropping back in the woods that is a popular spot for bouldering.

In all, this is a easy day hike and this section of the Parkway is open all winter.(most access nearby is closed during the winter months) It must be accessed via Hwy 221 from Blowing Rock(18 miles and very curvy) or 221 from the Linville side.A great hike to do in the hard winter months or while exploring several areas of the Parkway. Close by are Rough Ridge, Grandfather Mountain and Flat Rock.

Pack List

  • Water
  • WB/Breathable Jacket
  • Insulating layer
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Camera
  • Hammock
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

200 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Added by Tommy White

Explorer, local trail guide and full-time photographer and Photography Instructor in Boone, N.C.

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