Best Trails near Banner Elk, North Carolina

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on Profile Trail
11 days ago

hiking

This is a another great hike! There are not that many locations where you get a good view of the neighboring mountains unless you make your way to the top of Calloway peak.

on Profile Trail
12 days ago

Right up there with the best of best. thank you Mr Mt! streams are relaxing and lovely. People respectfully keep their pets leashed as I do...loved it.

on Profile Trail
1 month ago

awesome trail with tons of vertical.
I wish there were more views out from the woods, although the woods were quite pretty...
we did the extra leg up to Calloway Peak and it was so worth it.

on Profile Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Awesome hike and workout! Didn't get to experience the swinging bridge but next time...if I ever overcome my fear of heights lol can't wait to go again !!

on Profile Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Just an awesome hike. Not too strenuous until you get to Shanty Springs and then tough as you scale up a stream bed to the summit. Pay attention to where you are after Shanty Springs; I would prefer more blazing on the connector to Grandfather Trail. And don't miss he Watauga View while at the top!

on Profile Trail
1 month ago

walking

This is my go to hike when in the area. Easy trail access, enough difficulty to know you put in some effort and consistent trail upkeep.

on Profile Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike.

on Profile Trail
1 month ago

Hard but worth it. The trail starts off peacefully alongside a creek and the climb is steady. The real challenge came while climbing up and down boulders. There are some steep boulders to climb but there are wire railings you can use for support. The ladders weren't as difficult as I thought. You cannot be afraid of heights. Otherwise this was a fun and very challenging hike!

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Glorious day. The trail was pretty difficult for me but slow and steady worked.

Every comment about the rocks and roots are true.

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

Great hiker for ambitious hikers. Definitely worth the beautiful views! Get there early during peak seasons for parking.

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

One of the hardest trail I have ever hiked, but so glad I did it!

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

This was a beautiful trail and a great leg workout!

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Love the first mile of this hike which is easy and runs along the Watauga River. After that the trail gradually gets steeper through a hardwood forest. At Foscoe View the scenery becomes more interesting and the climb steeper. I live in the area so now I only do the first mile and back of this hike as I find that to be the most scenic part.

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

hiking

on Profile Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Nice views. Need to be an experienced hiker or be in good physical shape. Skip if you have knee issues. With breaks, took me four hours (50 year old) in decent shape.

on Profile Trail
3 months ago

So much ground vegetation! There's not a boring part of the whole hike!

on Profile Trail
3 months ago

hiking

this was a great hike not to hard some rocky spots the views were great.

on Beech Mountain Ski Resort
3 months ago

skiing

Solid place and would come again. Not too crowded when I went and really nice people.

on Sugar Mountain Ski Area
3 months ago

skiing

I love this place! Great slopes with various difficulties and a large area for plenty to explore. I would love to come back and ski again next winter!