Hiking Alligator Back&Bluff Mountain Trail – Doughton Rec Area Laurel Springs NC

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This should be considered as a moderate hike, 7.5 miles at 1000 ft elevation gain. Please bring plenty of snacks, water and extra layers, it could be considerably colder up there.

The Bluff Mountain Trail is a 7-ish mile segment of the Mountain to Sea Trail in Doughton Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the easiest trail in Doughton Park and the one with the most views. The only really challenging section is the short switchback ascent up the Alligators Back, but it’s still pretty tame compared to the rest of the trails in the park that descend the entire mountain. Use this trail to link up the other trails and get some solid mountain hiking in at this gem of a park.

We will be meeting at 10 am sharp at the Marathon Gas Station in Elk Creek, VA 9345 Elk Creek Pkwy, Elk Creek, VA 24326. This is 90 miles from Salem or 65 miles from Christiansburg ($11 carpool fee suggested). Once together, we will drive 35 more miles to Bluff Mountain Overlook parking area where our hike begins.

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