Beacon Heights Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah NF, North Carolina, USA.
Beacon Heights is a scenic half-mile round trip walk with 130 feet gain from Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 305.2 in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA. Enjoy fall leaf colors in mid October atop an outcropping of quartzite rock. Beacon Heights Parking Area (elevation 4220 feet) is near the intersection with Hwy 221 (near Grandfather Mountain Entrance Road). This trail also connects with the Tanawha Trail (13.5 miles to Price Lake) and the Mountains to the Sea Trail. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway was built 1935-1987 to aesthetically connect Shenandoah National Park (in Virginia) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, following crestlines and the Appalachian Trail. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a subset of the Appalachian Mountains. This panorama was stitched from 4 overlapping photos taken October 12, 2015.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download