Since the elevation of this hike begins at 6020' and rises to 6410', the climate and ecosystem is very different here than in surrounding areas. The forests here are mainly Spruce and Fir (and very mossy), more similar to Canada than to the Southeast. There's no overlook view at the top, but the one at the trailhead is excellent.
Note: Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway are often closed in winter due to weather conditions.
Address: Blue Ridge Pkwy, Canton, NC 28716
Cost of admission: None
Governance: NPS (Blue Ridge Parkway)
Approximate miles of trails: 1.5
Miles from downtown Atlanta: 180
Parking: Parking is available at the trailhead/overlook
Trailhead(s): The trailhead is at the Haywood-Jackson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This overlook is about a half a mile south of the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Trail surface: Initially paved, quickly becomes natural
- Picnic area at the trailhead
Good to combine with:
- Lake Junaluska (post forthcoming)