Healthy Walking Trails

Healthy Walking Trails (Inner-City Trails):


A walk a day never hurt anyone, in fact it’s more likely to help. Thanks to the beautiful mountain scenery combined with the ubiquitous national obsession for healthy living, the High Country is home to multiple locations excellent for an afternoon walk or jog, and a few of these trails even allow cycling and skating.

Following is a listing of the area’s paved “greenway” trails as well as a few easy dirt trails perfect for a quick exercise session. So if you’re on vacation, you have no excuses now get out and get healthy!!

Lee & Vivian Reynolds Greenway Trail - Boone:

The paved inner-city Greenway Trail is a favorite spot for an afternoon walk, jog, bike ride or skating excursion. This easy paved walkway in Boone is now over 7 miles long, with several access points providing variety of scenery and trail length. The most common entry point is located off of State Farm Road near the Watauga County Parks & Recreation complex. Call (828) 264-9511

Newland Town Park - Newland:

A 0.8 mile walking track circles Newland Town Park, with a playground to entertain your kids while you do! Located on Beech Street in front of the Guy Medical Center.

Tate-Evans Park - Banner Elk:

Tate-Evans park hosts a quarter-mile paved walking track and a playground. Located on Park Avenue near Nations Bank.

Beech Mountain Trails:

A series of nature trails crisscross Beech Mountain, all passing through gently sloping woodlands and passing over several of Beech’s main roadways. Following are just a few of the trails on the Beech.

Lake Coffey Course:

This scenic 1/4 mile course wraps around the lake and is perfect for both walking and jogging.

Cherry Gap Trail:

An easy to moderate 1.6 mile walk up undeveloped Wild Iris Road. Start at Cherry Gap Road.

Grassy Creek Trail:

This easy 1.2 mile trail follows the creek from Hawthorn Road and ends at Grassy Gap Creek Road.

Pond Creek Trail:

This easy to moderate 2 mile trail begins at Tamarack Road, following the creek past Lake Coffey to Locust Ridge Road. The lower end of the trail has a few small waterfalls. Park at Perry Park area.

Buckeye Gap Loop Trail: Moderate 8.4 miles.

West Bowl Buckeye Creek Trail: Moderate 3.4 miles.

Grassy Gap Creek Trail: Easy to moderate 2.0 miles.

Smoketree Trail: Easy to moderate 2.0 mile loop.

Bass Lake - Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock:

A one mile easy carriage trail circles picturesque Bass Lake and is a favorite with walkers and joggers looking for a good exercise spot with visual appeal. Several other moderate carriage trails branch off from this, including the three-mile Maze Trail and the Manor trail which takes you from Bass Lake through the Cone Estates up to the Cone Manor house and back down to the lake for a solid 12 mile run or hike. All walkways are wide dirt and gravel carriage paths. Access to Bass Lake is approximately 1 mile South on Highway 221 from downtown Blowing Rock.

Price Lake Trail - Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock:

If you’re more in the mood for a traditional trail with a gentle grade, Price Lake is the perfect walk. This easy trail leads around scenic Price Lake for 2.7 miles. Trailhead is at Price Lake parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 297.0.

Valle Crucis Park Walkway, Valle Crucis:

Located in the Valle Crucis Community Park behind the Mast Store Annex, this paved walkway provides peaceful walking enjoyment beside the Watauga River. Great for a quick afternoon stroll. Cycling and skating permitted.

Brookshire Park, Boone:

A paved .42-mile walking track that runs alongside the New River gives a pleasant atmosphere to those working their heart. The park also offers picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and activity fields perfect for soccer, frisbee or whatever your heart desires

Glen Burney Trail:

Located in Blowing Rock, the moderately difficult (steep) Glen Burney Trail is a 1.5 mile turn-around which descends into the town’s Glen Burney Gorge. Stop by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce for more detailed information or phone 828-295-7851.

Mountains-To-Sea Trail:

While not actually an inner-city hiking trail, the Mountains To The Sea Trail passes through Blowing Rock, with one of the easier accesses being at a juncture on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Boone Fork Trail. When completed, this moderate trail will take hikers from the Blue Ridge Mountains to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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