Trails in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead Area

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Here is a list of all trails in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 trailhead, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Big Butt Trail

More Difficult
  • Yes, this really is the trail's name. Starts at the left side (facing away from the road) of the Walker Knob Overlook in Balsam Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading downhill. (The trail to the right, heading uphill, is the Mountains to Sea Trail)....
  • 5.6mi, Hilly, Very Rough

Craggy Gardens Trail

  • This excellent trail travels from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center up to Craggy Flats and Craggy Knob, then down to the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. You will first reach the intersection with the Mountains to Sea and Douglas Falls trails. From here...
  • 0.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Craggy Pinnacle Trail

  • Starting at the Craggy Dome overlook, this excellent trail travels to the top of a rather pointy mountain, where a spectacular 360 degree view awaits. It is moderately steep, quite rocky, sometimes wet, and has some log steps as well, but it is well...
  • 0.73mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

  • This trail climbs steeply from the Tanbark Ridge tunnel to a historic site along the Mountains to Sea Trail. The route is not far from a cascading stream through a mixed hardwood forest its entire length. A few spots have rock steps or roots, but the...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Snowball Trail

More Difficult
  • From the intersection of Stoney Fork Road and the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area access road in Beetree Gap, the Mountains to Sea Trail climbs past a nice clearing to a junction with the Snowball trail on the right. The Snowball trail slips off the north...
  • 3mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough

Nearby Trails

The following trails cross into this trailhead area, but are primarily accessed from another trailhead:

Mountains to Sea Section 3 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground** Pisgah Inn, BRP mp 408.6 to Folk Art Center, BRP mp 382: from the Pisgah Inn to the Mount Pisgah Parking Area, the trail is co-signed as the Buck Spring trail. This leads past the old Buck Spring Lodge...
  • 67.7mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

"Rock Payne" Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs over Rock Knob, Paynes Knob, and another unnamed summit as it traverses the ridge at Shope Creek's eastern boundary. Very steep in places; cliff-top views in others. Nice sections of surviving Carolina Hemlock forest. Can be used to make a...
  • 2.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Shope Creek Trailhead

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