Friday, October 10, 2008

Hiking Beacon Heights in Linville

Some days I just want to take a hike but not spend all day doing it. A great short hike just off the Parkway is Beacon Heights Trail.
Follow Rte 221 up from Linville and once you reach the Blue Ridge Parkway the trail head will be to your right on the other side of the road. Park here and follow the path up the hillside.
This trail is steeper and not for beginners or those not dressed for hiking. It is an easy trail but you will be ascending about 1000 feet from the parking area to the top.
Once at the top there are a couple of spots to catch the view. To your right on the trail is a big flat rock outcropping looking out to the east and Grandmother Mountain. From the trail, going left will take you to a larger area with views to the east and west of Grandfather Mountain behind you.
Again this is a great spot to bring a lunch and just sit a spell taking in the view and peaceful environment. The trail heads back down the same way you came up.

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