What do mountain bikers know about hiking? A lot, it turns out. Peter Mills and Andrew Mueller, best known for designing fat tire trails, reconstructed 1.5 miles of this loop out of Julian Price Memorial Park, and their bike chops show in the flowing curves of the hiker-only path. They crushed local stone for gravel and built stairs from native locust trees to maintain the 5-mile trail’s rustic appeal. Contact (828) 271-4779; nps.gov/blri
Get the story behind Boone Fork Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina—and how to see it yourself.