Hiking in the Blue Ridge MountainsWhat better way to learn the land of Banner Elk but on foot?  The Inn at Elk River is located perfectly if your goal is to find a trail and just go!  Hiking is a favorite activity for those who love the Blue Ridge Mountains and love nature.  Banner Elk provides a vast amount of hiking trails that can accommodate hikers of all kinds.  From the professional trekker, to those who will be experiencing hiking for the first time.  There are even trails that are child-friendly so all the family members can experience the beauty of Banner Elk.  And after you are worn down from your breathtaking hike, come back and relax at your favorite Blue Ridge Mountain bed and breakfast...The Inn at Elk River! 

Some trails of interest on Beech Mountain:

  • Upper Pond Creek Trail- From Tamarack to Lake Coffey easily hiked trail 1.0 mile
  • Lower Pond Creek Trail- From Lake Coffey to Locust Ridge Road moderately to hard hiked trail 1.0 mile
  • Wild Iris Loop Trail- moderately hiked trail 1.6 miles
  • Grassy Gap Creek Trail- From Hawthorne to Buckeye Lake easily to moderately hiked trail 2.0 miles


Some trails of interest on Grandfather Mountain:

  • The Woods Walk- 4/10 of a mile
  • The Black Rock Nature Trail- estimated time of round trip is 1 hour
  • The Bridge Trail- estimated time of round trip is 40 minutes


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