Explore the best trails near Banner Elk with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail locations for Banner Elk, North Carolina
hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
21 days 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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

excellent hike that we completed yesterday. the further up you go the better it gets. super high winds at the top.

scenic driving
1 month ago

The mountain and ski communities around Banner Elk are wonderful, and I love driving and exploring this gorgeous area. It is a short walk to Elk River Falls...one of the prettiest waterfalls in the area.

Great hike. Gets steeper as you climb.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike. The real fun can be experienced by exploring the Grandfather Trail at the top of the mountain. This is one of my favorite hikes in WNC.

2 months ago

Awesomely awesome hike!! Loved it!!

Don't miss this one!

hiking
2 months ago