• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 402 ft. Spectacular views. Good for sunrise and sunset. Dog friendly.

The trailhead for Rough Ridge will be on your righthand side when driving the Blue Ridge Parkway from Boone, NC. This trail gets busy in the warmer months, but parking usually is not too much of an issue. This trail is not open in the winter.

Rough Ridge will take you around 30-45 minutes to reach the top, at an average pace. About halfway up the trail turns to wooden platforms, where you can walk out onto the rock face if you wish to do so. On the last leg of the trail, there will be a massive rock sticking outward that is known as the "Lion King Rock," which makes for a pretty wild photo.

The endpoint of the trail will be a rock face, which can get windy. It's a perfect location for both the sunrise and the sunset - you can experience a full sunrise, as the sun will set behind the trail peak.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Running shoes
  • Camera
  • Sweater/jacket
  • Sunscreen
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Great, short hike

This hike was only about .5 miles round trip from the parking lot. The climb up the hill is a bit steep but relatively easy. The views are phenomenal and this would be a great spot to catch a sunrise over the valley. Be sure to keep hiking up the wooden platform to get to that famed rock you can sit on the edge of. Highly recommend this hike!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Awesome views.

The trail is pretty steep and rocky at times but well worth the amazing views!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

McKenzie Roers

I'm a 21 year old photographer studying Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and I am currently based out of Park City, Utah. 
 
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