Mt Hardy

Mt. Hardy

  • Distance: 4.4 miles out and back
  • Elevation Gain: 1017 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Park in the pull off on the west side of highway 215, 0.45 mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is room here for a half dozen or more cars.

A trail heads into the greenery right from this lot, but do not take this trail. Get back onto the highway, and walk about 200 feet further north (downhill) on the highway, and look for the Mountains To Sea (MTS) trail marker on the left. Turn onto the trail here.

Some of our Mt. Hardy Hikes:

Mt. Hardy – Green Knob

Tailhead: Park at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook and walk across the Parkway to the Mountains to the Sea Trail. This section of the MTS runs parallel to the Parkway for several hundred yards before it forks right into the Middle Prong Wilderness proper. Rough Butt Bald Overlook Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 425.4 Elevation: 5300′ … Continue reading Mt. Hardy – Green Knob

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Mt. Hardy

Mt. Hardy

We parked at the Rough Butt Bald overlook and walked across the parkway to the trail. Note to self:  It was really weedy.  Put this hike on the rotation for Labor Day Through Mother’s Day. Another note to self: watch for yellow jacket nests in the trail.

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