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The Best Backpacking in Blowing Rock

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Top backpacking spots in and near Blowing Rock

  • Seven Devils, North Carolina

    Calloway Peak via Profile Trail

    7.11 mi / 2493 ft gain
    Calloway Peak via Profile Trail is an out-and-back trail with waterfall views located near Banner Elk, North Carolina in Grandfather Mountain State Park.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Yancey Ridge Trail

    13.88 mi / 3094 ft gain
    Yancey Ridge Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Collettsville, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop

    12.02 mi / 2418 ft gain
    Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Collettsville, North Carolina.
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  • Collettsville, North Carolina

    North Harper Creek, Kawana Road, Harper Creek, and Raider Camp Creek Trail Loop

    16.44 mi / 2877 ft gain
    North Harper Creek, Kawana Road, Harper Creek, and Raider Camp Creek Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Collettsville, North Carolina.
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  • Newland, North Carolina

    Greentown Trail

    7.53 mi / 1798 ft gain
    Greentown Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Newland, North Carolina.
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  • 36.1774619949846,-82.01167345047, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain

    10.2 mi / 3287 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
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  • Morganton, North Carolina

    Hawksbill Mountain Trail

    4.9
    1.87 mi / 633 ft gain
    Hidden far above the beautiful Linville Gorge stands Hawksbill Mountain, among many other fantastic hikes. The roughly 1.7 mile hike from the dusty gravel parking lot is steep but worth every step. It took me about an hour to conquer with a few water bottle-guzzling stops. At the top, you are al...
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  • Newland, North Carolina

    Linville Gorge Loop

    31.56 mi / 8530 ft gain
    Linville Gorge Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Newland, North Carolina.
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  • Morganton, North Carolina

    Camp at the Chimneys in the Linville Wilderness

    5.0
    1 mi / 138 ft gain
    The Chimneys area is a lesser-known camping destination within the Linville Wilderness. The Chimneys are a series of rock formations that rise above Linville Gorge and provide unobstructed panoramic views of the gorge and surrounding mountains. These rocks sit adjacent to Table Rock which hosts w...
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  • Newland, North Carolina

    Hike to Bradley Gap along the Appalachian Trail

    4.6 mi / 1339 ft gain
    Bradley Gap rests along the Appalachian Trail overlooking North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. Part of the Roan Highlands, Bradley Gap can be accessed via Yellow Mountain Gap Trailhead. Follow the Roaring Fork Trail from the trailhead until you intersect the Appalachian Trail (White Blaze) app...
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  • Marion, North Carolina

    Linville River

    8.48 mi / 2021 ft gain
    Linville River is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Morganton, North Carolina.
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  • Marion, North Carolina

    Camp in the Linville Gorge via the Pinch In Trail

    1.5 mi
    We are pretty notorious for passing up a good campsite but we are learning our lessons. We got a late but interesting start on Pinch-In trail. We climbed down a steep 600+ feet after passing this ledge only to climb right back to it a third of a mile in. If we come up to an awesome spot, we somet...
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  • Marion, North Carolina

    Hike the Rock Jock Trail

    6 mi / 700 ft gain
    One of the first things I noticed when researching this hike was the conflicting information regarding finding the trail head, length of the hike, and the hike's correct route. Hopefully, as of September 2017, this report will contain the most up-to-date information currently available. To find t...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

    5.0
    4.84 mi / 932 ft gain
    Once you've parked at Carver's Gap (5500'), the trailhead is pretty easy to find. Simply cross the highway and jump onto the Appalachian Trail, right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Head north on the AT as you head through the Roan Mountain Balds. In the very beginning of the hike,...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Roan Highlands: Carvers Gap to US 19E via Appalachian Trail

    5.0
    15.47 mi / 2598 ft gain
    The Roan highlands, possibly one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, is a section of grassy balds that range from 5000-6000 feet following the A.T. Start at Carvers Gap ( Highway 261 NC / Highway 143 TN) on the TN/NC border. You can either leave a car at Highway 19E or arrange for a s...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Round Bald via Carver's Gap

    4.3
    1.72 mi / 338 ft gain
    This super easy hike to the campsites near Round Bald is the perfect intro to backpacking for kids or newbies, but serves just as well for the more experienced backpackers who can't squeeze a longer trip in over the weekend. This short (.5 mile) hike in leads to a grassy opening with amazing vie...
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