New Hiking Trails Open in High Country

Two new hiking trails have been created and are now open to the public.  The trails are located in the Pisgah Game Lands and are the first trails to create access to two mountain peaks in the region.  The trails are located along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville and the Orchard at Altapass, creating easy access for visitors to the High Country!  

*It is recommended that you wear Blaze Orange during hunting season

Little Tablerock Mountain Trail

2.1 miles (4.2 miles round-trip) • Difficulty rating: Moderate

The trail leads to Little Table Rock Mountain which stands on the Eastern Continental Divide and provides the first marked hiking trail to this outstanding point along the Blue Ridge.

What you can expect to see on the trail: The trail travels mainly through oak and cove forests.  At the summit of Little Tablerock Mountain, hikers can view the North Toe River Valley to the north.  Roan Mountain is visible at the skyline to the north on clear days. During months when the trees are bare, hikers can see Linville Mountain in the view to the east.

Directions to the trail head: From the Heffner Gap overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Parkway milepost 325.9) travel north 1.25 mi. and turn left onto Bear Den Mountain Road (SR 1126) immediately before passing through Blue Ridge Parkway seasonal gate.  Travel Bear Den Mountain road for 0.1 mi. to stop sign.  Continue straight onto Humpback Mountain road (SR 1128).  Continue for 0.5 mi. and turn right onto Whiterock Road.  Follow signs to the parking area.

Rose Creek Trail

1.3 miles • Difficulty rating: Easy

The trail is part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail because it is part of the route walked by Patriot Militia from east Tennessee and south west Virginia on September 29, 1780 as they crossed the Blue Ridge to pursue a British led Loyalist force that had threatened to attack and destroy their homes. That pursuit ended with the Patriot victory and the death of the British leader,
Major Patrick Ferguson, at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780.
See http://www.nps.gov/ovvi/index.htm  for more details about this national historic trail. 

What you can expect to see on the trail: The trail generally follows Little Rose Creek for much of its length through oak and cove forests.  

Directions to the trail head: Park at the Heffner Gap overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Parkway milepost 325.9).  Walk across the Parkway to old woods road.  The trail follows the old woods road to Altapass Road (SR 1121).  Alternately, from the Heffner Gap overlook, travel south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to McKinney Gap.  At McKinney Gap turn right onto Parkway exit.  At the stop sign turn left onto Altapass Road.  Continue for 0.25 mi. to parking area on the right.

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