There are numerous trails suitable for hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Find out about trails near you by stopping at a ranger station or visitor center for information. Trail conditions may change suddenly and unexpectedly. Bear activity, rain or thunder storms, and downed trees may temporarily close trails. At a minimum, carry water, a raincoat or poncho, a warm hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. It is recommended that you hike with another person. No permit is required for hiking.
One of the most daunting tasks facing hikers is choosing a trail. Start by deciding on what you would like to see. Waterfalls? Old-growth forests? Endless views? Then decide how far you would like to hike. Visit our brochures page to download and view trail maps.
There are over 369 miles of trails to choose from along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Below is a list of popular trails along the Parkway. Trail-heads listed by milepost are available for Virginia and North Carolina.
The Appalachian Trail and Mountains to Sea Trail are two long distance trails that follow closely with stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sections of these trails can be hiked in a day, or for the more adventurous, over a number of days.
If you like hiking in groups, the Carolina Mountain Club has various opportunities to join hikes and even volunteer on trail work around the Asheville area.