Mountains to Sea Section 3 Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

67.7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 67.7
Steepness: Hilly
Hikes That Use This Trail: Craggy Gardens, Rattlesnake Lodge, Potato Knob Fields, Old Mitchell, Mount Mitchell, Snowball

Intersecting Trails

  • Craggy Gardens
  • Old Mitchell
  • Douglas Falls
  • Rattlesnake Lodge
  • Laurel Mountain
  • Old Mitchell - Campground Spur
  • Summit
  • Sleepy Gap
  • Pilot Rock
  • Mountains to Sea Section 2
  • Big Butt
  • Buncombe Horse Range
  • Balsam Nature
  • Shut-In
  • Briar Bottom
  • Higgins Bald
  • Snowball
  • Camp Alice
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Commissary
  • This trail is located in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 trails list page.

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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:

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Pisgah Inn to Pilot Rock Trail

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.74 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Pilot Rock Trail to Laurel Mountain Trail

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.13 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Laurel Mountain Trail to Buck Spring Lodge Site

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.22 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Buck Spring Lodge Site to Parking

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 498 ft

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Buck Spring Parking to Mount Pisgah Parking

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.21 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Mt. Pisgah Parking to NC 151

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.75 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - NC 151 to Big Ridge Overlook/Glady Fork Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 2.23 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Big Ridge Overlook/Glady Fork Gap to Stony Bald Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.13 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Stony Bald Overlook to Beaver Dam Gap Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.85 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Beaver Dam Gap Overlook to Bent Creek Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.86 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Bent Creek Gap to Chestnut Cove Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 2.65 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Chestnut Cove Overlook to Sleepy Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.79 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Shut-In - Sleepy Gap to NC 197

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 5.02 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - NC 197 to

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 12.95 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Folk Art Center to Bull Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 7.34 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Bull Gap to Rattlesnake Lodge

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.39 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Rattlesnake Lodge Site to Spring

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.72 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Lane Pinnacle to Potato Field Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.33 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Potato Field Gap to Snowball Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.61 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Snowball Tr. to Beetree Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 518 ft

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Beetree Gap to Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.61 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Craggy Gardens Picnic Area to Gardens tr. W

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.46 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Craggy Gardens Shelter

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 68 ft

    Mountains To Sea Trail Section 08 - Gardens Tr. E. to Visitor Center Spur

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.2 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Visitor Center Spur to Douglas Falls Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.99 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Douglas Falls Tr. to Graybeard Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.48 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Graybeard Overlook to Views Section

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.93 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Views Section to Glassmine Falls Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.3 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Glassmine Falls Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 179 ft

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Glassmine Falls Overlook to Balsam Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.26 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Balsam Gap to Potato Knob Fields

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 3.73 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Potato Knob Fields to NC 128

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.99 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - NC 128 to Buncombe Horse Range Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.16 mi

    Mountains to Sea - Buncombe Horse Range - to Camp Alice

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 3.27 mi

    Commissary - Camp Alice to Buncombe Horse

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.32 mi

    Camp Alice

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.39 mi

    Old Mitchell - Camp Alice Tr. to Campground Spur

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.18 mi

    Old Mitchell - Campground Spur to Summit

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.16 mi

    Mount Mitchell Summit - Mountains to Sea - to Balsam Nature

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 248 ft

    Mount Mitchell Summit - To Summit

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 505 ft

    Mount Mitchell - Mountains to Sea - Balsam Nature

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.25 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Mount Mitchell - Buncombe Horse Range to Balsam Nature Trail

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.2 mi

    Mountains to Sea - Buncombe Horse Range - Mount Mitchell

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 320 ft

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Mount Mitchell - Higgins Bald to Buncombe Horse Range

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.1 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Mount Mitchell - Between Higgins Bald

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.92 mi

    Mountains to Sea - Mount Mitchell - Campground to Higgins Bald

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.39 mi

    Mountains to Sea Trail - Rattlesnake Lodge to Lane Pinnacle

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 2.52 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 66.17 mi

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

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