Chestnut Knob Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Connellys Springs, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Steep wooded trail, views of High Shoals Falls, extraordinary mountain views First, pick up a map at the ranger station. Follow HQ trail away from the parking area. After you pass the amphitheater on the left, look for Chestnut Knob trail on the right. Follow Chestnut Knob Trail for half a mile to the Jacob Fork River Gorge Overlook. Note: This first half mile is the steepest and most strenuous section of this trail. From this overlook you have nice distant views of the 80 ft. High Shoals Falls. Return to the main trail and walk until you come to a T-intersection. Turn left towards the Chestnut Knob Overlook. At the trail junction with a hiker sign and arrow, turn left and follow the trail to an exposed rock outcrop. Be careful here! Watch your footing! Return back to the parking area along the same route.
Good incline, felt the burn. Lookout area is small and rocky, but very pretty view
It's a great view! I do this trail every couple of weeks.
Good trail with a great payoff of a mountainscape view at the end.
Good trail, steep areas on the first half but a mellow incline during the second half. My 7 and 10 year olds didn't complain too much but it is a 4+mile hike round trip.
Had the trail to myself today. It was really nice because the snow had fallen two days ago and was untouched throughout the whole loop.
The initial ascent up the stairs was fairly difficult but doable. Really nice overlook from the rocks at the top. I got to sit and relax for a few hours and read a book. The book was the Road More or Less Traveled.
After that I took a couple of other trails down. These included the Sawtooth trail, Upper CCC trail and then down Little River back to the parking lot.
Coming down Little River about one mile from the parking lot there is a really nice overlook that looks directly out to the South.
It was really need to see all the different animal tracks in the snow. These included rabbits, birds, squirrels, deer, bobcat and coyote.
As others have noted, initially very strenuous. Evens out in the middle. Views at the top are fantastic. Had a very mild day today so saw a few more hikers than might have if temps had been a little cooler (50F) or had there been recent rain. But a few dry days and mild temps made for a busy trail. We did out and back in about 3 hours and saw around 30 other hikers/dogs. Would keep dogs on shorter leash on this trail is it's very narrow in a few spots. Sure-footed pups are a must.
This is an okay trail. If your not up for a strenuous hike I would not recommend it. There is a good view at the end (:
Love this trail. Like everyone else said the first .7 of the out is difficult but ti evens out after that. Great views, well marked, and not a bunch of people.
Difficult initial ascent but becomes moderate after the first few switch backs. The overlook is a stunning vista. Beware the sunning snakes especially before crawling around the rocks at the overlook.
Hike is can be very strenous at times, but the view is amazing!! The hike is a little over four miles all the way to the knob and back out, but the most difficult climb is at the beginning - I would recommend bringing hiking poles if you have them/like to use them.
Great day for a hike. The trail can be strenuous at times. Great views at any of the lookouts. The trail is well marked and well maintained. They had recently done some controlled burns of the ground cover (leaves and needles) along the trail.