Sparta, North Carolina

Hike the Bluff Mountain Trail

1.8 Miles Total - 270 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Elyse Clark

Walk through a scenic meadow to a beautiful overlook of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains.

Before you head out, check the status of the Blue Ridge Parkway (it periodically closes during the winter). 

The entire Bluff Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile trail that traverses the Doughton Park Area along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  To do this particular hike, park at the bathrooms in the Doughton Park parking area immediately off the parkway at MP 241.  There is a small trail to the left of the bathrooms that cuts up to the Bluff Mountain Trail.  

Turn right on the Bluff Mountain Trail, which will traverse through some woods for about 0.1 miles then will emerge into a large field.  The Bluffs Picnic Area will be on your right as you climb a hill up to a lone tree. 

Past the tree there is a nice set of rocks to sit on and enjoy the view. This particular spot is the stopping point for this hike, and you can return to your car by simply retracing your steps.  

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