Tanawha Trail

The Tanawha Trail is a 13.5 mile trail that runs from Beacon Heights to Julian Price Memorial Park.  The trail runs roughly parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway along the flank of Grandfather Mountain and is a section of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail.  Tanawha is the Cherokee word for fabulous hawk or eagle, an appropriate name for this high elevation trail.  Highlights along the trail include Beacon Heights, Linn Cove Viaduct, Rough Ridge, Daniel Boone Scout Trail and Nuwati Trail, and Julian Price Memorial Park.  Although the entire trail is more than 13 miles long, numerous access points from the Blue Ridge Parkway allow guests to hike any desired length of the trail.

Map:

Hiking:

I've only hiked about half the trail, from Beacon Heights to Daniel Boone Scout Trail, so the directions are incomplete.  I'll be back to finish it up eventually.

The southwestern trailhead is at the Beacon Heights Parking Area at milepost 305.2 (near where US-221 crosses the parkway).

Blog Entries:

07Oct2017: Fall Color along Tanawha Trail

External Links:

National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/tanawha-trail.htm