Trace Ridge Trail
At A Glance
3.1 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 3.1 (Moderate)
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Orange
Trail Number: 354
This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:
The upper portion above the Trace Ridge trailhead follows an old roadbed up the ridge all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rocky; steep. Very eroded in places. Dry pine-oak forests can be found along the nondescript ridge.
Downhill from the trailhead, this trail was formerly a steep, damaged mess due to erosion - in places, it was a waist deep, clay canyon. As of October 2015, however, the trail has been re-routed and now follows a much gentler grade on a sustainable path, adding a good bit more distance to the trail in addition to solving the erosion issues. Highly recommended!
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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:
Spencer Gap to Blue Ridge Parkway
- Allowed Uses: Hiking
- Length: 0.34 mi
Trailhead Parking to Spencer Gap
- Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
- Length: 2.69 mi
Trailhead Parking to Wash Creek Trail
- Allowed Uses:
- Length: 0.57 mi
Wash Creek Trail to N. Mills River Trail
- Allowed Uses:
- Length: 0.73 mi
Total Calculated Length: 4.32 mi
This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.
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