Rangers lead guided hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway every Friday morning. They are free, and no reservations are necessary! Here are the next two:
July 15, 2011, Shades of Summer: Join Parkway Rangers at 10 am Friday, July 15, for an easy, three-mile RT hike to the base of Mt. Hardy. The 2-hour guided hike will start at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook (MP 425), just south of Devil’s Courthouse, and leads through a shaded, high-elevation, balsam fir forest.
July 22, 2011, A Call to the Falls: Join Parkway Rangers at 10 am for a moderate, 3-mile RT hike on the Loop Trail at Graveyard Fields with an out-and-back extension to the upper falls of Yellowstone Prong. The guided hike will start at the Graveyard Fields Overlook, MP 418.8 on the Parkway.
Hikers should bring water and sunscreen, wear good hiking shoes, and be prepared for changeable mountain weather. Call 828-298-5330, ext. 304, for details.
For more Parkway info, go to our complete vacation guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway.