Tanawha Trail

At A Glance


13.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 13.5 (Moderate)
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Other Map ID: BRP MP 305.5

This trail is located in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 2 trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:


This excellent trail, completed in 1993, follows the contours of Grandfather Mountain above the Blue Ridge Parkway. It travels through interesting and diverse geology and forest environments, including northern hardwood forests and spruce-fir forests. Rough in places. Provides access to views, waterfalls, some neat, sturdy footbridges, large trees, huge boulders, and access to trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park, Rough Ridge and the Linn Cove Viaduct.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Tanawha - Campground to Holloway Mt. Rd.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.57 mi

Tanawha Trail - Holloway Mt. Rd. to Boone Fork Parking Ext.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.55 mi

Tanawha - Boone Fork Overlook Parking Spur

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 502 ft

Tanawha - Boone Fork Ovlk. Spur to Nuwati

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.28 mi

Tanawha - Nuwati to Daniel Boone Scout Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.21 mi

Tanawha - Daniel Boone Scout to Rough Ridge Parking Ext.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.15 mi

Tanawha - Rough Ridge

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.49 mi

Tanawha - Rough Ridge to Linn Cove Visitor Center

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.78 mi

Tanawha Trail - Linn Cove Visitor Center to US 221

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.11 mi

Tanawha - US 221 to MST

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.27 mi

Tanawha - Beacon Heights Parking to MST

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 293 ft

Total Calculated Length: 12.58 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Asutsi
  • Nuwati
  • Daniel Boone Scout
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