Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Glen Burney Falls, Blowing Rock
One day last week a friend and I took a cool hike on the Glen Burney Trail just off Main Street in Blowing Rock. There is a parking area at the trail head on Laurel Street.
The trail starts out fairly level, but the last third of it you're definitely hiking straight down towards the falls. The trail is 1.2 miles down to the Glen Burney Falls and then another .4 miles to the Glen Marie Falls. You end up descending about 800 feet below the town of Blowing Rock. There are several great places to have a picnic lunch and sit for a while to break up the trip.
It was a cool cloudy day and the hike down was very easy. We stopped for photos along the way. We made it down to the first falls but after looking back up to where we came from opted out of the second falls. That one from photos I have seen looks to be the more impressive. Oh well - some other time!
There's a lot of history in this ancient trail that was used by the Indians as a hunting trail and then later for turn of the century loggers. The town of Blowing Rock restored the trail in 1989 making it the only remaining portion preserved in usable condition. The hike takes around 2 hours round trip and is definitely a worthwhile visit. It is moderate to strenuous due to the steepness of the trail.
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