Rough Ridge is part of the Tanawha Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains which runs beside the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rough Ridge provides amazing mountain views where you can see for hundreds of miles. The parking area for Rough Ridge is at mile 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a short section of trail from the parking area that goes to the Tanawha Trail. At this point, take a left and the views are close by.
There are several places along Rough Ridge that provide breath taking views. The views start at the boardwalk, but make sure not to only stop here. After crossing the boardwalk, the views continue all the way to the top of the mountain, and a little past the top. It is under a mile to the top of Rough Ridge and well worth the hike. Make sure to wear proper shoes because the trail is rocky with big steps in places (it’s called Rough Ridge for a good reason). If you want a longer hike, keep going past the summit. The views get blocked by tress, but it is still a pretty hike.
With views this great the trail can get crowded so if you want some solitude start early to try to avoid the people. If your goal is to take pictures, just before sunrise or just before sunset are usually the best times anyways so take advantage of it.
The bridge in this photo is the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and runs around Grandfather Mountain. We were just past the summit of Rough Ridge and on the way down the backside of the mountain when I took this picture.
Rough Ridge Views Information:
- Taken By: Susan
- Date Taken: 18-SEP-2015
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D
- Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: 1/800 sec at F/8
- Focal Length: 75 mm
- ISO: 800
- Flash: Did not fire