Top Five Hiking Trails in Boone, NC


The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to beautiful mountains and hiking trails. There is no better way to spend a day in Boone than hiking the best of the best trails off the Parkway. And, get this, the Parkway is only a five minute drive from Boone!

Rough Ridge
Every student at Appalachian State University has done this trail. It is probably the most popular in Boone. There are a ton of places to stop for an amazing view, and there is still a little challenge and adventure to it. Located about fifteen minutes down the Parkway, this is definitely one of Boone's favorites. Don't forget to snap the notorious picture of you hanging off the edge of a mountain.
Difficulty: Intermediate

Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail
You may need to set aside a few hours for this hike. It extremely difficult because of the steep incline and distance. The Profile Trail is almost two and a half miles round trip covering the profile of the grandfather's face. It's fun to imagine hiking up grandfather's nose. Hopefully he doesn't sneeze!
Difficulty: Advanced

Howard's Knob
Okay, so this one isn't technically on the Parkway, but you can get an amazing view of the town of Boone and Appalachian State University. Drive up to the gates of Howard's Knob State Park and it's only a short hike to the top of the mountain. Don't forget your selfie stick because you'll get some awesome pictures.
Difficulty: Beginner

Grandfather Mountain Mile High Bridge
If you have kids, this is a great hike to bring them on. It is a very short walk from the Grandfather Mountain Visitor Center with practically no incline, so the little guys can keep up. The bridge is actually a mile high, so hold on to your kiddies and don't look down! Grandfather Mountain is a fun experience for the whole family.
Difficulty: Beginner

Boone Fork Trail
This trail is definitely one of the most beautiful around Boone. Cross through meadows and streams to the end of trail for a stunning view of the Appalachian Mountains. Like Rough Ridge, this trail is a little more difficult. The trail is less cut out than other trails on the Parkway.
Difficulty: Intermediate

Abby Yenni is a student at Appalachian State University and runs a blog featuring Boone and college life.