- 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.
May 30, 2016
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 …