trail locations for Banner Elk, North Carolina

Awesomely awesome hike!! Loved it!!

Don't miss this one!

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This is a very challenging trail NOT for the inexperienced hiker or for the faint of heart. It is moderately difficult until you get to the Shanty springs and then it is pretty much straight up and, as the write up says, "rocky" which, loosely translated means, BOULDERS. Plan on 2 + hours from Hwy 105 to the peak and, depending on your physical state at the top, an equal or greater amount of time on the way back down. And, no, it is not easier coming down. The same terrain and ascents that required superior leg strength and mobility are there on the way down with the added feature of gravity pulling you face first towards the rocks that you are trying to navigate. It is very well marked in both directions and a great experience if you are up for a full day of strenuous hiking.

Excellent hike:).... easy then steep, but great!.... start out early early as I did not and had to turn back at the peak after 3.1 miles and a 2k ascent.
I will return soon to go all the way, but all on the trail say be ready, it's a lot harder..:)

backpacking
11 days ago

Short walk to falls which are nice, but very few sings to get there and that's all that's there is, nothing else, waste of time.

Great trail! Several beautiful views!! This is the most strenuous trail I've hiked so far, but it was all worth it!!! We did hear a bear growling once we got to Calloway Peak, so be careful up there!!!

on Profile Trail

23 days ago

Easy at first then it starts getting steep

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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 !!

hiking
2 months ago

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!

walking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike.

3 months 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!

hiking
3 months ago

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

Every comment about the rocks and roots are true.