February 18, 2018
As we begin to explore the trails surrounding Boone, N.C there is a marked difference to the spartan ruggedness of the Pisgah Ranger District near Asheville, N.C. Instead of the smooth paths winding through the woods, there are significantly more roots and rock to contend with.
One of the more popular trails in the high country is the Boone Fork Trail, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Price Lake Picnic area. The 5.2-mile loop is not difficult, as there is only 682 ft. of elevation gain, but the roots and rocks make it more arduous than expected. With that said, our two-year old was able to hike 4 of the 5 miles (with some help over the roots).
After crossing the bridge, you can hike west (left) 1.5 miles to a small bald with views of Calloway Peak at Grandfather Mt. State Park. We chose to head north (right), following the creek for many miles before summiting the glen. The trail is marked every .5 miles with a marker. At 2.5 miles we stopped by a small creek with subtle cascades to eat lunch. With the sun shining and an ever-so-slight chill, it was a wondrous time.
With the lack of elevation, many camping spots at Price Lake and countless picnic areas this is a very family friendly destination.
GPS link: https://www.movescount.com/moves/move201893896
Total mileage is 5.82 miles.