-Not in Guidebook-
The 1.6 mile Twin Pinnacles Trail starts beside the Visitor Center and meanders past Little Pinnacle and Big Pinnacle, with incredible views from the highest points in the park, before looping back and returning to the Visitors Center. There are undeveloped boulders scattered along much of the trail and Little Pinnacle offers plenty of easy routes for the budding boulderer. This is also a self-guided Interpretive Trail...grab a guide at the Visitors Center to learn a little history and about the plants and animals that inhabit this area.
After entering the park, follow the signs to the Visitor Center, marked "VC" on the signs, approximately 4 miles to the top of Haw Orchard Mountain...this is the same parking for the Listening Rock Trail. Follow the steps and walkway up to the Visitors Center, where the well marked trailhead is located to the left of the building. To get to the Little Pinnacle area, turn left at the loop junction at .1 miles and follow another .3 miles to the beautiful views.
Weather station 6.8 miles from here
By Aaron James Parlier
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Jul 7, 2011
Brad: Sorry I missed you guys out there... But Im happy you got to check out this area for sure. I would agree with calling this as a "beginners spot", but its an amazing place to visit and a crashpad makes it even better. The ecosystem is different and the views are magnificent. Even though some of the faces are less quality than whats found in the rest of the park I would recommend it for the whole experience.
I probably wont include this in the first edition guide, but the second will have it for sure. And there are some hidden gyms up there that are pretty high quality too:)