Situated only a few block away from downtown Blowing Rock, the Glen Burney Trail in Annie Cannon Park travels deep into the New Years Creek Gorge to visit 3 waterfalls. From downtown Blowing Rock turn on Laurel Lane and in 0.1-mi look for a parking area on the left for the Glen Burney Trail. A small lake in Annie Cannon Park on the right side of Laurel Lane feeds New Years Creek.
At first the trail follows a wide gravel road as you pass by resort houses situated on the precipice of the gorge. After signs of civilization end, the trail drops steeply and allows intimate access to The Cascades, Glen Burney Falls, and Glen Marie Falls on a short but demanding 2.7 mile hike. Depending on your preference, the highlight may be the placid, sloped Glen Burney Falls or the tall, dramatic Glen Marie Falls.