it had diverse terrain and difficulty. Great hike. Really good workout! Enough water for a long hike The grade up the Daniel Boone trail was good. Choose your steps carefully on the way up. Daniel Boone Scout Trail Calloway Peak June 12, 2010 Ascending about 2,000 feet over three miles, this hike begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail and climbs to Calloway Peak, at 5,946 feet, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Range. daniel Boone sCoUt trail– Ascending about 2,000 feet over 3 miles, this hike begins at the Tanawha Trail and climbs to the summit of Calloway Peak (5,946 feet), the highest point on the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Picnic shelters and group campsites that accommodate less than 50 people are open. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Take the Nuwati Trail first instead of going up Daniel Boone Scout trail. This natural surface trail is moderate in difficulty for most of the trek, but the final 0.75-mile stretch is strenuous, with ladders that must be climbed to reach the Calloway Peak. The peak is marked by some blazes spray painted on the rocks for the Grandfather and Daniel Boone Scout trails, which both end here. All campers must reserve a campsite online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. What to bring: The adventure begins at a parking area and trailhead, located off Highway 105 south of Boone (view maps and driving directions). From here, turn right and take the Daniel Boone Scout Trail toward Calloway Peak. At the top, your hard work will be rewarded with magnificent views of Grandfather Mountain and the heart of Appalachia. The rhododendron bloom of early June is another great time to go. This table-top rock also serves as a good lunch spot. To get to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, park at the Boone Fork lot (Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 296.5) and take the trailhead for Tanawha Trail. Once we were up the last ladder, we entered a beautiful winter wonderland. Weather is the wild card at Grandfather Mountain: Storms can blow in very quickly, bringing hail, lightning and pounding rain. It was filled with scrambles, ankle deep mud, and mini rivers. Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Grandfather Mountain Home Page The main purpose of this hike was to see the Cessna crash. The easiest east side route to Calloway Peak is to follow Tanawha Trail to the Daniel Boone Scout trail. The ladders are brand new and very sturdy; but hard with a big backpack. The trail wraps around the rocks at the very top and climbs up onto them, making a steep right turn. Early winter, before the first blizzards, and early spring, after the snow's melted, offer the best views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Raleigh, NC 27699-1615. The trek to the summit and back can take 5 to 7 hours, no matter how fast you typically hike. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Daniel Boone Scout Trail. Upon reaching Calloway Peak, the highest (U.S. 221) Profile Trail to Calloway Peak: the hike. The Cessna wreckage is worth exploring; very close to Raven back country campsite. 9:00am to 5:00pm Finally, the ridgeline starts to level out and you'll see the summit of Calloway Peak up to your right. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows: Daniel Boone Scout - Tanawha to Cragway. (Coming back down is even more of a challenge. It was a bit wet this time of the year. Great trail with beautiful views at the top. Please note: the Grandfather Mountain attraction (Mile-High Swinging Bridge) is managed by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak. Photo by Rachel Pressley, Instagram @rachelbpressley. Cragway Trail ends at Flat Rock, a large layered stone that offers scrambling opportunities and views of the nearby mountains. How about a hike up to Calloway Peak via the Daniel Boone Scout Trail (as well as Cragway, Nuwati, and Tanawha trails). The peak was beautiful! It is definitely muddy at times, rooty, and includes some tough ladder/ rock scrambles up at the peak. At nearly 6000 feet in elevation, Calloway Peak has 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, and one heck of a view of the Linn Cove Viaduct, 2000 feet below. The windchill was -12 and blowing about 40mph. About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. Don't dawdle at the peak -- it can be fairly busy on weekends and other people want to enjoy the view. Winter is the least-advisable time to attempt this hike: the Parkway is typically closed and deep snow can totally obscure the trail. Suite 6 Walk-up camping are available only at certain loops at Jordan Lake and Kerr Lake and at backcountry campsites with self-registration boxes at trailheads. Rocky and rooty. The Daniel Boone Scout Trail was built in the early 1940s by Blue Ridge Parkway ranger Clyde F. Smith and a Blowing Rock Boy Scout troop. The diversity of this trail is what sets it apart for me. There's an excellent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains on clear days, but don't be surprised to find it's fogged in. Should have left earlier... had to use headlamps the last few miles. This is located across the trail from the Ravens Roost campsite, just before the ladders. I’m one proud woman for doing this on my very first overnight backpacking trip. Below is a more scenic route up to Grandfather Mountain's Calloway Peak from the Boone Fork parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Boulders and crags offer elevated views of the Boone Fork area and Calloway Peak. Many small wildflowers pop up along the trail in springtime. Description: Ascending about 2,000 feet over three miles, this hike begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail and climbs to Calloway Peak, at 5,946 feet, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Range. The terrain started out brown and green; very, very muddy and extremely rooty all the way through. 4.3 (12) ... Great round trip to Calloway Peak from Daniel Boone parking lot. While the parking and trail access is free, permits are required, and available at the trailhead’s shelter. http://grandfather.com/ I’m addicted. Access to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail will depend upon Blue Ridge Parkway closures. Just take your time on the way down. It's far better to go this way first -- climbing on fresh legs at the start of your hike, rather than descending on tired legs coming down. On this trip, we hiked the Daniel Boone Scout Trail - up 2000 feet in elevation and over 3.5 miles - to summit Calloway Peak, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was overgrown and gone before being reclaimed in the 1970s, and today, it’s still a pretty moderate 3.6-mile hike to Calloway Peak (5,946 feet). Restroom facilities are closed periodically throughout the day, so that staff can adhere to cleaning protocols. You will need a permit to hike this trail. Blue Ridge Parkway Banner Elk, NC 28604, Mile marker: 299.9 Entry to the park will be restricted if the park reaches max capacity or if social distancing standards are not being adhered to. You'll need your license tag number, cellphone number, and an emergency contact number. Visitor centers and park offices are open, and masks or face coverings are required to enter. This trail passes through incredibly diverse landscapes as it climbs to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Larger outdoor facilities with a maximum capacity of more than 50 people are also not available for reservation. It includes the Daniel Boone Scout Trail where I’d had an injury in June 2017, so I was eager to revisit the scene. Trail Segments. Ran into a few tourists who were vastly unprepared for taking the ridge on in winter, out-of towners beware if heading up to "see some snow". Boone Fork Parking Trailhead, milepost 299.7 on Blue Ridge Parkway, elevation ~3,200 ft Tanawha Trail to Daniel Boone Scout Trail, up to Calloway Peak - elevation 5,946 ft back down Daniel Boone Scout trail, then Cragway Trail, then Nuwati Trail, Tanawha Trail back to trailhead 7 miles roundtrip Linville, NC 28646, View the contact sheet for the email address and phone number of each park », (General information – please do not call this number for camping or park-specific questions), Office Hours Most trails, restrooms, playgrounds, and several boat ramps are open. My friend and I are not weak hikers. My friend and I were backpacking for a night so we had extra weight to slow us down but we take our time soaking in all the nature and take plenty of pictures along all of our hikes, anyway. Hikers are required to fill out a registration slip at the sign board just beyond the Boone Fork parking area. Location: 36.1115036010742, -81.7946319580078. Parks are open every other day of the holiday season, including New Year's Day. Grandfather Mountain State Park has some great trails leading up to the high point, Calloway Peak. (GPS: 36.113793,-81.780963) Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail from the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milemarker 299.9). How about summiting the highest peak in the Blue Ridge? Indoor facilities are currently not available for reservation. Backcountry campsites, including group campsites, are open. The highest point on Grandfather Mountain. Jun 21, 2020. starting at cold prong parking area. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/daniel-boone-scout-trail The east side trails can be found at Boone Fork parking area at mile marker 300 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dave climbs over the rocks on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. The ladders were pretty easy. About 7.5 miles from parking lot round trip. Fun ladders, gorgeous fall colors, and great all around. Camping reservations must be done online. It was 38 F with a high wind. Really neat frost on the trees the day we went in late October. Turn left here on Tanawha Trail and enjoy a flat, relaxing walk back to the parking lot. Swim beaches and areas are closed. Mile 8.3 – Cross the summit of Calloway Peak where the Grandfather Trail officially ends and turns into the Daniel Boone Scout Trail (white diamond blaze). To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis. Visitors should consult the NPS real-time map of Blue-Ridge Parkway closures before heading to that side of the park. I did the same hike last week (Boone Scout trail parking lot to Calloway peak to Macrae peak and back). Given its close proximity to the trail, the plane crash has since become a hard-to-miss rest stop on hikers’ journeys up to Calloway Peak. If your dog is not small enough to lift, it is not recommended to bring a pet on this route. Some folks have had success with a low crab-walk.). Please be patient with the staff during this time. From the parking lot, follow the Tanawha Trail for 0.6 miles to the Daniel Boone Scout Trailhead. All the trees were iced over and the magnificent view from Calloway Peak was something I will never forget. You'll have to earn this view - it is a tough climb up, although not terribly long. Please check the park pages for more information about camping procedures. Hard trail. Daniel Boone Scout Trail: Ready to kick it up another notch? One of the Parkway's most rewarding hikes climbs 2,000 feet (one way) in 3.5 miles from the Boone Fork lot at Mile 299.5 This is very challenging hike with steep, craggy trails and occasionally treacherous footing. There were a couple of icy spots, but all of them had ropes. Stop at the 1978 plane crash right before the peak on the right of you from the trail. A steep, strenuous hike with grand vistas. This is a very rocky, steep trail with awesome vistas if the weather's clear. Grandfather Mountain State Park: Popsicle Toes Hike to Calloway Peak 2/1/20 – 8.3 Miles . Visitors are expected to wear masks while in the park and adhere to the social distancing standards while on the trails and in the parking lot area. We saw the most amazing sunset there at the Cliffside View and were nearly blown away by the high winds and rain throughout the night (still worth it though). Trails and restrooms are open. It took my wife and I about 4 hours to the top and back at a moderate pace, not including a 45 min lunch break at Watauga view near the summit. But worth every second. There are awesome views on clear days, but it's often fogged in. It's about 1.7 miles up the hill. Take a moment to read them. The hike down the Cragway Trail was more difficult than the trip up. Please follow social distancing guidelines, and bring a cloth face covering so you can wear one when you encounter other visitors along the trail. Pass the Daniel Boone Campsite; set up camp on tent platforms, or continue on trail. You can cut 1.2 miles by avoiding the out-and-back to Calloway Peak which has the least impressive views, but you’ll be missing out on the high point of this famed mountain. Highlights: Calloway Peak, the exposed ridge hikes to Attic Window Peak and MacRae Peak, eating snacks at the Top Shop Lowlights: Daniel Boone Scout Trail can get very muddy, crowded and very rocky Underwood Trail, hordes of people around the swinging bridge Google+ photo album link For campgrounds with 24-hour access, please observe the Night-Time Public Closure Period guidelines and do not leave the campground between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Best time to go: The autumn colors of late early October will be spectacular, but the weekend crowds may dim the glow (weekdays should be far less crowded). Calloway Peak hike. Eventually you'll see a sign pointing to Hi-Balsam shelter, which is about 50 yards from the main trail. spent lunch at watauga view. You don't need a permit to hike it, you just fill out your info when you get there. Near Calloway Peak, in-place ladders and cables help hikers through steep sections. Went here for a winter storm "run" (more of a fast-track) and it was gorgeous. No front. The trail becomes much more rugged near the summit. Due to technical maneuvers required along this hike, this trail is rated as difficult. Winding upward through ancient forest for 3.5 miles, you’ll be treated to fascinating rock formations, clear streams, and stunning views. Please visit their website for their current operating status. I adored this trail. 9872 N.C. 105 S. Wear really good treaded shoes. This is a nice place to get in out of the rain if a storm comes -- keep in mind that backpackers regularly use it as a shelter. From the south end of the parking lot, take the Tanawha Trail across a bridge over a stream, and continue about a half-mile to the Nuwati Trail junction. We started at Boone Fork Parking Area just before sunrise; it was 32F degrees. COVID-19 information for parks under Modified Stay at Home Order, Park at capacity by 10 a.m. on weekend days, Maintain a social distance of 6 feet, regardless of the behavior of others, Bring a mask or face covering; they are required to be worn inside buildings and when social distancing cannot be implemented, Share the trail — warn other trail users of your presence, step to the side or wait at the end of a bridge, Do not enter restrooms until others have cleared out and please be patient when staff is cleaning them, Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, Do not share equipment like phones or cameras with other visitors, If the park seems crowded when you arrive, come back another time, Stay at home if you are exhibiting symptoms. Due to the narrow, steep terrain, this trail is not recommended for dogs. Starting down at creek level amongst ferns, and ending at one of the blue ridge’s highest peaks, you really get a wide array of views. You have until 9:00pm the day of your arrival to reserve the site; however, we recommend making your reservation before you go to the park, as cellular service is not reliable and Aspira's phone lines have recently had long wait times. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3. The Profile Trail parking area has been reaching capacity on some weekends, and we expect this to continue as we move into the fall leaf season. The Daniel Boone Scout Trail ends at Calloway Peak, but you can also continue threading along the increasingly rough and rocky spine of Grandfather Mountain via the Grandfather Trail. Please visit the park during the week when possible; plan to arrive early morning or late afternoon on weekends; and/or have a backup plan in case the parking area is full when you arrive. About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. Sat, Jun 5, 2010, 7:45 PM: *** PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU RSVP "YES" ***Let's visit the other side of Grandfather Mountain: Daniel Boone Scout Trail - Calloway Peak - Grandfather TrailDescriptio Wish we had done it a month ago when leaves were changing. Definitely need to be prepared for significant weather changes at the peak which was very cold and windy. Turn right at the Nuwati Trail, then stop and register at the sign-in board. Sturdy hiking boots with good traction (We passed the Nuwati Trail before the DBS Trail). For specific details about each park, please visit the park website page. The trail wasn’t easy. If you want to see the plane crash it's before the first ladder at mile 3.1 to the right of the trail. Allowed Uses: Hiking; Length: 1.16 mi; Daniel Boone Scout - Cragway to Calloway Peak. Second of the three ladders, going down this time. Mile 9.7 – At Flat Rock View go straight on Cragway Trail – an alternative scenic return to the parking area. 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