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Banner Elk, North Carolina Map

We brought our dogs and it was a fabulous hike! Three short ladders to get to the top. Very good leg workout! We loved the hike. Definitely took all day for us.

Sunny February day with some ice and slippery mud along the way, that caused this old guy a couple falls... but otherwise great! Terrific trail... looking forward to doing ​it again in the spring without the ice.

This would be awesome place to cool down in the summertime

Hiked it yesterday for the first time, overall it's a great trail! It was very muddy but it stopped being muddy towards the top. The views were simply amazing. Wouldn't call the waterfall a waterfall. But other than that I completely recommend this trail. The last stretch really works your legs.

Due to heavy winds and clouds I didn't get to see the view from the top. Very slick and muddy. Don't recommend going in winter, but I will be going back again when the weather is nicer as the path up was gorgeous.

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.

1 month 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!

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

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.