We started our Hike at the more challenging Option from the Alligator Back Parking Lot (Milepost 242.4). From there you've a short but steep and rooty Trail which will claim about 20 to 25 Minutes to reach the Top of Bluff Mountain if you're in a descent Shape.Another (and much less challenging) Option for accessing this Trail: exit the Blue Ridge Parkway vis-à-vis to the Doughton Park Visitor Center (Milepost 240.1) and then heading right until the End of this small Road (it's a cul-de-sac). There you'll find a Parking Lot with an beautiful (and sparse frequented) Picnic Area. From there you can start and end this gorgeous Hiking Path with much less Elevation Gain.
October 25, 2019