...an ordinary person
Mt. Hardy via MTS
- 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.
Our Previous Hikes
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′ […]
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.
We are still on lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This hike is one that isn’t well known. The chances of a crowd were very low. We parked at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook and crossed the road the Mountains to the Sea Trail. After a couple of miles, bear right from the MTS to […]