This website was created as a service to Boone and the surrounding areas, offering information on trails and camping in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. This site has tools that can help plan trips to hiking trails and backpacking and camping trips in the areas listed here. We provide maps, driving directions, Google Earth files, additional website resources, and other useful information. We continue to add more information and trail data, so please check back for updates.
The trails are organized by Park or Natural Area. Included for every trail is data on the distance, elevation loss and gain, average slope, and maximum and minimum elevations. Please click on any of the Parks on the right of the page to view a list of the trails in that area. You can also view the different backpacking and camping options in that area.
Each trail has an interactive Google Map on it. With this map you can see the trail plotted on a topogaphical map along with the trailhead placed on the map. You can click on the trailhead to find driving directions from your home to the trailhead. This really helps out if you are not familiar with the area. Another useful tool in planning hiking and backpacking trips is Google Earth. This site contains Google Earth files on every trail listed. You must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view these files. You can download Google Earth here. By using Google Earth you can explore the trails in a real-life 3-D environment. By loading multiple trail files you can view a whole network of trails in a specific area, this can be useful in planning backpacking trips that use multiple trails. Under each Park I have loaded a Master Google File that has all the trails and way-points in that area. You can also use Google Earth to get exact directions from you to the trail you are interested in.
If you own a GPS Device you can use the Google Earth Files to plot GPS tracks on your device. If your device does not accept Google Earth Files you can download this Converter from Cnet.com. Other useful information that you can also upload to your GPS Device is known campsites and other places along the trails that I have hiked. I have uploaded those points of interests on the Master Google Files for each area.
If you would like some ideas on Backpacking or Camping Trips, please become a Member to view my Trips Page where you can find pictures and statistics of different trips. There are a number of different trips listed from easy to difficult. By exploring the different parks you will notice many more trips then I have listed on this website. By becoming a Member you will also have access to a list of my favorite trails.
If you are not interested in camping but instead finding waterfalls, I have composed a list of Waterfalls in the area. By becoming a Member you will have full access to everything you need to know about the waterfalls, directions, trails used, height, GPS coordinates, and an interactive Google Map to help plot your drive to the trailhead.
To find free topographical maps for some of the areas that are listed on this website, please visit www.pickatrail.com. This is a free USGS map site that will allow you to download any sector of the United States in which you have an interest.
Every trail on this website has many pictures of the trail that you are viewing. By exploring this website you should be able to get a good feel of the trail before you get the chance to explore it. I feel this website can be very helpful in planning your trips but should not be used on its own. You should acquire maps and other information pertaining to any of the areas you would like to visit. I will be updating the Sites & Information Page regularly to help provide links to other sites that could be useful in planning your trips.
Please feel free to leave any comments by sending an email to John_Ostrander@AppalachianHighCountryTrails.com