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Michael A. on Profile Trail
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!
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.