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hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Simply breathtaking loved every foot step of it it was very challenging but once you get on top or at the profile view it makes it worth all the sweat and sore feet simply amazing 

Short trail, with an option to go higher/longer or stay lower and still see a breathtaking waterfall! There is a bridge to get to the waterfall at the bottom of the trail too!

was very muddy when we went but was a really enjoyable walk

Short trail with some steep treks and a nice waterfall ending.

on Profile Trail

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail loved the hike. There was definitely some elevation involved but you're rewarded with some great views and scenery along the way. For being opened year round it's a great trail if blue Ridge Parkway is closed down. Just be ready to hike it out to the trail head.

After the fog burned off, turned out to be a beautiful day for skiing. Starting out with the slopes impossible to see and ski with any speed, turned out to be a great day. Beech is perfect for intermediates and the black diamonds are fine if you ski in control and ice is not an issue [nearby Sugar Mountain has a longer run from the top, and the best eastern skiing is at Snowshoe]. Crowds can be a problem on weekends and holidays, but during the week, go for it!
During the summer biking and hiking are king. Enjoy!

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

A truly spectacular hike. Definitely a hard climb in the rain. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Spectacular views at the top, particularly of nearby Grandfather Mountain.

Highest town in eastern America. And there is always something to do no matter what time of year you visit. Great views...good skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking...even a wonderful sledding hill for the little ones.

2 months ago

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.

Great hike, definitely worth the views. Bring a bottle of water and be prepared to fill it up at the spring, it saved us!

Extremely fun and challenging!