Asheville: Tanawha Trail

Parallel the Blue Ridge Parkway on this 12.5-mile one-way hike with picturesque overlooks and streams cascading through towering hardwoods.
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Mapped by Tim Johnson

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 20.1



Location: 36.0839881896973, -81.8300170898438

From Beacon Heights, hike E, cross road, and pick-up Beacon Heights Trail. In .1 mi., turn L onto Tanawha Trail. Ahead, climb staircases near Stack Rock Creek


Location: 36.0902786254883, -81.8145217895508

Continue N to Linn Cove Viaduct


Location: 36.0973701477051, -81.7994995117188

Rock outcropping offers views of Grandfather Mtn. (5,964 ft.); steep descent ahead


Location: 36.1137008666992, -81.7810134887695

Continue straight @ junction with Daniel Boone Scout Trail. Towering hardwoods


Location: 36.1185989379883, -81.7827835083008

Keep straight again; pass falls of Boone Fork on sturdy footbridge


Location: 36.1362495422363, -81.7701263427734

Fence stile leads into first of three fields. Follow posts and look for views of the toothy outcrops on Grandfather Mtn.


Location: 36.1397094726562, -81.7574310302734

Cross Halloway Mountain Rd.; traverse overgrown field to dirt road. Turn R and go for .3 mi., then bear L down next dirt road. Once in third open field, turn R back into woods following the Tanawha Trail


Location: 36.141471862793, -81.7442169189453

R @ T joining Boone Fork Trail for short distance, then R @ Y to enter bottomland forest; side trailson L lead to campground


Location: 36.1379814147949, -81.738037109375

Swing R again, cross the Blue Ridge Parkway and stay R on paved path past campground amphitheater on L. Snap photos of Price Lake. Shuttle back to trailhead