Graybeard Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Moderate to difficult, depending on what you're used to. Parts of the the trail are wide and well maintained and others are pretty narrow and rocky. I took a detour on the way down through Pot's Cove which was rockier.
Great hike! The beginning is at a steady incline, then it levels out before another steady incline at the end. Amazing views of the Seven Sisters Ridge at the top! I was definitely sore the next day. There is a cute waterfall about halfway that is a nice spot to take a break.
A good trail if you like a steady climb with no views. Top view was disappointing. It took us 2hr and 20min up and 3 down, and we show it being more like 10 miles. If you are looking for views, there are better choices.
ps - after looking at the pics from others, we must have missed the lookout - we did not see any markings for it.
Went on a Saturday am and not crowded,
Pretty windflowers and wooded scenery,
Easy parking and trailhead entrance
Summit was fairly disappointing,
Not many lookout areas en route,
I clocked a total of 10 miles round trip,
Poison ivy especially near summit area,
Definitely strenuous climb at points
Solid hike, light traffic but still wide open and decent views.
There's a lot of up on this one, but the stream the trail follows is pleasant and energizing. There are quite a few spots along the way with beautiful views of the surrounding ranges when the thick summer foliage isn't too dense. Nice campsite on the way to Walker's Knob, which is a perfect spot for lunch.
Great moderate hike along babbling creek.
Hike was strenuous. Summit is very closed. No real viewing area. Kind of cramped. View is good though.
This trail is "no joke" but will leave you feeling very satisfied once it's all said and done. Prepare yourself to sweat and get your boots dirty! We went over Memorial weekend and there was a nice assortment of beautiful flowers and butterflies sharing the lush mountain trail. I think my boyfriend was a little paranoid of bears and rattlesnakes (he's from Philadelphia), but fortunately no excitement there! The summit is picturesque with a nice cool breeze- bring a picnic lunch. Very enjoyable and a must do!
Pretty cool hike. Views are okay when leaves are on. Hiked it the first of June and the Mtn Laurel were in full bloom. Take in Walters knob overlook for one of the best views. I hiked back the west ridge trail which made it about a 9 mile loop hike. West ridge trail to big piney is more rugged, but ok for hike down.