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Asheville, NC: Calloway Peak

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Distance: 6.5 miles


Navigate rocky crags, snaking switchbacks, and wooden ladders on this 6.5-mile trek that crests Calloway Peak, the highest summit in the Blue Ridge.
  • View from Flat Rock
  • Viaduct View
  • View from Calloway Peak
  • View from Calloway Peak

This loop winds up the backside of Grandfather Mountain, climbing moderate switchbacks, rocky crags, and wooden ladders en route to Calloway Peak, the highest summit in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although you’re hiking in North Carolina, this trip may feel like the Canadian Rockies as you trace the footsteps of a trail built by Boy Scouts through dark spruce-fir forest. This trek is a moderate dayhike and also works as an overnighter (with several campsite options along the way). Bring your camera—great views of natural and man-made wonders can be seen at trailside rock outcroppings along the way.

-Mapped by Tim Johnson

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Darin Crew
Feb 25, 2014

This is an epic hike, we started too late in the afternoon and parked in the lower lot, cold prong mile marker 299, so we only made it to the Viaduct view, but it was well worth the loop. The trails vary and you get a nice workout going this route. You should park in the Boone Fork Parking Area, mile marker 300, there is also another lot off 221 which I think has the same name. I would update the hike description to include this information as most Lat/longs don't work without a cell signal. The park is becoming a state park and the signage is great... plenty of water sources along the way as well. We hiked on the 25th of February but if there was more snow we would have needed gators and crampons, The ice was tricky enough from last week's storm.

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