Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains
backcountry hiking for hikers of all skill levels
A hiking excursion can mean many different things for different people varying from short "leg stretcher" hikes to day hikes to overnight backpack trips to multi day explorations through the isolated wilderness. One of the best ways to explore the unique richness of the Appalachian culture first hand is to explore one of the many hiking trails. The land surrounding the Parkway has what you need whether you are looking for short walks, recreational hiking or serious hiking.
One of the most popular kinds of trails on the Parkway is the loop trail. This refers to a closed circuit trail that connects a number of points of interest then rejoins the initial path and trailhead so the trail user does not cover the same ground twice. Another kind of trail is the circuit trail. This refers to a loop that originates on one trail but turns on different trails on the way back to the same starting point. Some of the Parkway trails are out and back trails which refers to a trail that leads you to the point of interest and then you follow the same trail back to your original starting point.