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This was a fantastic hike. Challenging but not extremely difficult. It starts out moderately and becomes gradually harder. Amazing views at Watauga View and Calloway Peak, well worth the climb. Only downside for me was the constant road noise, audible even at the very top. Still enjoyed the hike immensely.
Nice short hike! About a half mile each way, and enough of a climb to get the heart pumping. Trail is wide so it's good for a group or family. Parking is up near the church and following the parking lot to the back, there are plenty of signs saying which way to go.
This is a great hike. It is a tough hike uphill. I would disagree with a previous post about it being treacherous. The hike is definitely worth the views at the top. Don't worry about the ladders they are made of 4x4's with only three rungs and are easy to climb. We packed a lunch and ate at the top. The winds are a bit strong but you can duck into the hardwoods and escape them quickly if they are making you cold. We did see a few trail runners that were making great time. It took us about 3:45 of moving time excluding our lunch and water breaks.