Glen Burney Trail

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The Glen Burney Trail is located in the heart of Blowing Rock approximately .5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway Moses Cone trails and the Mountains to Sea Trail. The trail head is located in town adjacent to the Mayview Lake and the Annie Cannon Park with easy public access. 

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The Glen Burney Trail has been described by locals and visitors as a “gem” in the High Country.  Three majestic waterfalls can be found along the trail adjacent to New Year’s Creek.  There is photographic evidence of the trail and the falls that dates back to 1895 but is believed the trail was built in the mid-1800s.  The 33 acres of land encompassing the trail was donated to the town in 1906 with the idea that it would be a perpetual trail for future generations to enjoy. 

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Appalachian State University’s Blue Ridge Conservancy Student Club officially adopted the Glen Burney Trail and holds annual workdays to remove trash and make trail improvements. The Bistro Roca Antlers Bar, located next door to the trailhead, donated signage for the trail and the waterfalls.

In 2016, BRC received a grant from NC Park’s Recreational Trail Program to restore sections of the trail worn and eroded caused by heavy foot traffic.  Stone staircases and switchbacks were replaced and fallen logs were removed.

Download a printable map of the Glen Burney Trail here.

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+ Directions From Boone

Take US-321 S/Blowing Rock Rd to Blowing Rock for 6.9 mi; Turn right onto Main St for 0.8 mi; Continue straight to stay on Main St for 0.2 mi; Turn right onto Laurel Ln for 0.1 mi; Turn left into Annie Cannon Gardens parking lot.

+ Directions From West Jefferson

Follow N Jefferson Ave to US-221 S for 1.7 mi; Follow US-221 S to Bamboo Rd in New River 20.1 mi; Take Deerfield Rd to US-221 S/US-321 S/Blowing Rock Rd for 3.1 mi; Continue on US-221 S/US-321 S to Blowing Rock for 5.9 mi; Continue on Main St. Drive to Laurel Ln for 0.3 mi.