Looking to explore the trails?
~30 Minute Hike: Fall Branch Falls: This ~30 minute roundtrip hike will take you to an awesome waterfall that is worth the trip! Follow Aska road from Old Hwy 76 for 8 miles. Then, turn right on Stanley Creek Road. Follow Stanley Creek Road for 3 miles and the trailhead will be on your right.
5.5 Mile Hike: Flat Creek Loop: One of many options in the Aska Trail System, this 5.5 loop combines a portion of singletrack trail with a wider trail. This route gives some steady but manageable elevation gain (and descending back down). Follow the green blazes within the Aska Trails. To access the trailhead, follow Aska Road 4.4 miles from Old Hwy 76. The parking area will be on your right. Several small signs preceded the parking area, so keep your eyes peeled!
8.6 Mile Hike: 3 Forks to Springer Mountain: Check out the southernmost blaze on the Appalachian trail and some amazing views from the top of Spring Mountain. Take Aska Road 13 miles south from Old Hwy 76, then turn right on Newport Road. In 4 miles, turn left on Doublehead Gap Road. Turn right onto a forest road in .7 miles. Proceed 3 miles to the trailhead.
For more trails, come in to the store and explore maps of the entire region, and also check out this great reference from the Chamber of Commerce showing hiking access points. Chamber of Commerce Hiking Access Points Map
Looking to explore downtown Blue Ridge?
Downtown Blue Ridge is a great and popular place to run. The 3 and 5 mile routes below will get you started, but it could be more fun to just run and explore your own route! Please use caution in sections without sidewalks- there is space on the sides of the road there, but remain alert, wear visible attire, and use your common sense. The routes below are a mix of residential streets and the downtown business district. We recommend sticking to the sidewalks downtown (or the trails!) during busy periods. A detour for the 3 mile route is to turn on Hall road and add on using Summit or Church Street.