Short Hikes with Big Views: Photo Gallery

Easy Hikes Sugar Mountain NC

Find several scenic short hikes with big views near Sugar Mountain. These trails are perfect for toddlers, grandparents and anyone looking for an easier walk that still has plenty to see. See our guides for each hike for many details.

Beacon Heights: A short uphill hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway to a stone summit with big views, especially nice for picnics. Approximately one mile roundtrip. (Photo above) Read more.

Flat Rock Trail

Flat Rock Nature Trail: A mostly flat 3/4 of a mile loop natural trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway takes you to a cliff-top overlook with a series of vistas and boulders to sit on to soak in the views. Read more.

Williams Park Hike

Williams Park: Conveniently located within the village of Sugar Mountain, our “central park” is a wooded 14-acre boulderfield forest with three short hiking trails that follow a cascading stream. Take a scenic stroll and a picnic in the pavilion. Read more.

Moses Cone Park Hiking Trail

Moses Cone Park: This large public park on the Blue Ridge Parkway has 25 miles of historic carriage roads that are now wide trails with a very gradual incline. It’s a perfect place for a casual stroll from the historic Manor House. Hike through rolling pastureland and by lakes. Moses Cone Park is a 14-mile drive from Sugar Mountain, and part of our 55-mile Parkway Loop Drive. Here are two great options:

Trail to Crab Orchard Falls

Crab Orchard Falls: This 1-mile roundtrip hike takes you to a beautiful waterfall in Valle Crucis. Read more.

See our Top 20 Hikes Guide for more options!