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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Nicole said...

Oh, that looks like a great hike with some cool spots to refresh!

mick said...

That looks like a very interesting trail to walk down but not sure I would enjoy the walk up as much. Great photos.

Beth at Aunties said...

I loved seeing these pictures of the eastern part of the states. So much history and beauty abound. Thanks for sharing! We were in NC for the first time in May and hope to soon return to VA to see two beautiful granddaughters in Oct.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh, that is so beautiful. Natural, serene, gorgeous. Well worth hiking to see!

Anonymous said...

The oldest mountain on Earth! It is so exiting to hike there. Love the bridge with the stairs!

Mary said...

What a beautiful spot. You're pictures are just spectavular. Thanks for sharing them with us.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

What a lovely place to walk ;--)
Hugs and blessings,


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