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Daniel Boone Scout Trail To Calloway Peak

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Many Mountain Views, small springs, air plane crash, wildlife, birds
Near:Linville, NC
Distance:6.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2464 ft
Hike Time:4 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This trail is up hill!!! And you will walk around 2 miles before coming to some of the most breath taking views in North Carolina. Along the way are plenty of trail signs and mile markers. Once reaching the Jct. of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail and Cragway Trail, you have the chance to take your first view off of Flat Rock View. This rock is so flat and nice to sit and lay on that we cooked dinner on it one night! Next you find a camping area, Daniel Boone Campsite and H2O (which has to be purified). Later up the trail you will go over many large rocks and cover muddy trail. The trail is nicely marked with many signs. Nearing the top you must you a series of ladders and cables to reach the peak. Lots of info at
Trailhead: This trail requires permits. Permits are 6 dollars a day per adult. The closest place to the trail in which you can buy a permit is Grandfather Mountain Market. The store is found off the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 296 at the junction with Holloway Mtn. Rd. The store is located at the Jct. of US 221 and Holloway Mtn. Road. Once you have your permits you must return to the parkway and travel to mile marker 300 where you will find the Boone Fork Parking Area. Once there start up the Tanawha Trail, trail signs should point you to take a left over a bridge once starting the trail. You should find the trail head to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail in around 0.7 miles. (Lat:36.11405 Lon:-81.78338)
Trail Guides for Daniel Boone Scout Trail To Calloway Peak:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Ranger's Office 828-737-0833
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Josh Craven. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by TMc on 8/2/2012
Hiked off the trail near McCray Peak in 1989-1990. About 1/4 mi down found a Cessna crash site. White with red stripes. On inquiring was told this happened in the 60's.

Reviewed by Steve on 10/15/2011
I hiked this trail on 10/14/11 and the fees for the permits are waived. This is a very good hike and every bit of what is described.

Reviewed by brants on 7/28/2011
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Reviewed by Don on 8/30/2010
Great hike which is definitely strenuous. A few other things that I think are helpful that werent mentioned in past posts. Water is not available after the Daniel boone camp site so pack accordingly. The ravens roost site near the top has a platform for one tent only.I use a hammock but that could be an issue with a large group. Bring a bear bag and use normal precautions (warning of a mother w\ cubs spotted on our trip) Cant miss the plane wreckage and here is the info -

Reviewed by Tim on 5/27/2010
I can see Calloway from my deck as well as the ridge the trail ascends. We hiked it today and found, coming down after the ladders and before the camp sight what looked like airplane or weather related scrap. Does anyone know anything about it?

Reviewed by Randy on 2/24/2010
The Grandfather backcountry is now a NC state park so the hiking permits are now free. As the person who proposed and launched Grandfather's trail management system in 1978, I was interested in the history posts. The plane crash occurred as I was starting the trail program. To read interesting anecdotes about the crash, learn more about the history of the trail and Hi-Balsam Shelter, visit my Web site,, and click on "My Writings" at the top. Then scroll down to the articles "Trails and Tribulations" in the Charlotte Observer and "Reclaiming Shelter On High," farther down. My Parkway and NC hiking guides also contain more info. Enjoy this great hike!

Reviewed by K on 12/25/2009
This was my first every backpacking trip back in 2004. It was awesome! We are planning on going again next year (2010). We came in off of Hwy 105 and hiked up to Calloway Peak. It is around 2000' elevation gain and if you are out of shape beware it will take a toll on you! But the views were awesome! I would have to say this trail is what got me started hiking & backpacking.

Reviewed by Mary on 11/21/2009
I did this hike today with a friend. I prefer this side to the profile trail because of the diversity and the south facing side usually has more sun and less wind during the day. we stumbled upon the plane crash as well, and i agree with the others, very eerie and unexpected find. definitely recommend this hike for a half-day adventure.

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