Chestnut Knob Trail

HARD 56 reviews

Chestnut Knob Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Connellys Springs, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
1,053 feet
Out & Back

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Steep wooded trail, views of High Shoals Falls, extraordinary mountain views Follow the HQ trail away from the parking area. After you pass the amphitheater on the left, look for Chestnut Knob trail on the right. Follow Chestnut Knob Trail for half a mile to the Jacob Fork River Gorge Overlook. Note: This first half mile is the steepest and most strenuous section of this trail. From this overlook you have nice distant views of the 80 ft. High Shoals Falls. Return to the main trail and walk until you come to a T-intersection. Turn left towards the Chestnut Knob Overlook. At the trail junction with a hiker sign and arrow, turn left and follow the trail to an exposed rock outcrop. Be careful here! Watch your footing! Return back to the parking area along the same route.

3 months ago

Not too impressed with this trail. You get to the top and there's one small rock to stand at for the view. Something about the hike up that's just not enjoyable, either. With the exception of the waterfall hike, the hikes at Crowders Mtn blow the South Mtn hikes out of the water. You also don't get the rock formations here that Crowders has.

trail running
4 months ago


7 months ago

Great work out, lack luster views.

7 months ago

Accessed Chestnut Knob from the Sawtooth trail, so I was already near the top when I got on it. The view from the overlook was okay. Only one spot to go to at the top. Took this trail down to the High Shoals Falls Loop.

8 months ago

Excellent hike, ok views at the end.

11 months ago

Helped rebuild part of the trail damaged by fire.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

We have done this hike before. Very nice views at the top. The big thing is the damage from recent fires. Very apparent on hike and knob is mostly burned trees now. The knob used to be a nice shady spot for not so much.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

I had a sunny and beautiful early morning hike with the trail all to myself. With all the foliage, I was only able to see the very top of High Shoals Falls from the Jacob Fork River Gorge Overlook (I could hear it a lot better than I could see it). I could clearly see Crowders Mountain from the Chestnut Knob Overlook, but there was enough haze to prevent me from seeing the tall buildings in Charlotte. There is still lots of evidence of last fall's fire. But there is a bunch of new growth as well. I did not have any issues with the condition of the newly reopened trail.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful hike, even when cloudy. Not busy at all and two great overlooks.

Friday, April 21, 2017

One of my favorite trails within a short distance of Charlotte and my favorite in this park. The trail is short and steep for two sections but otherwise not too difficult. You can make this into a loop by walking along the horse trails but there aren't many good views that way. If it's a nice clear day you can see Crowders mountain and even uptown Charlotte.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

This trail was closed when I attempted on April 8, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Nice short hike. I would bring a snack to enjoy the view with .

Monday, October 17, 2016

Good incline, felt the burn. Lookout area is small and rocky, but very pretty view

Friday, May 13, 2016

It's a great view! I do this trail every couple of weeks.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Good trail with a great payoff of a mountainscape view at the end.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Good trail, steep areas on the first half but a mellow incline during the second half. My 7 and 10 year olds didn't complain too much but it is a 4+mile hike round trip.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Had the trail to myself today. It was really nice because the snow had fallen two days ago and was untouched throughout the whole loop.
The initial ascent up the stairs was fairly difficult but doable. Really nice overlook from the rocks at the top. I got to sit and relax for a few hours and read a book. The book was the Road More or Less Traveled.
After that I took a couple of other trails down. These included the Sawtooth trail, Upper CCC trail and then down Little River back to the parking lot.
Coming down Little River about one mile from the parking lot there is a really nice overlook that looks directly out to the South.
It was really need to see all the different animal tracks in the snow. These included rabbits, birds, squirrels, deer, bobcat and coyote.

Friday, January 02, 2015

As others have noted, initially very strenuous. Evens out in the middle. Views at the top are fantastic. Had a very mild day today so saw a few more hikers than might have if temps had been a little cooler (50F) or had there been recent rain. But a few dry days and mild temps made for a busy trail. We did out and back in about 3 hours and saw around 30 other hikers/dogs. Would keep dogs on shorter leash on this trail is it's very narrow in a few spots. Sure-footed pups are a must.

Monday, August 25, 2014

This is an okay trail. If your not up for a strenuous hike I would not recommend it. There is a good view at the end (:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Love this trail. Like everyone else said the first .7 of the out is difficult but ti evens out after that. Great views, well marked, and not a bunch of people.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Difficult initial ascent but becomes moderate after the first few switch backs. The overlook is a stunning vista. Beware the sunning snakes especially before crawling around the rocks at the overlook.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hike is can be very strenous at times, but the view is amazing!! The hike is a little over four miles all the way to the knob and back out, but the most difficult climb is at the beginning - I would recommend bringing hiking poles if you have them/like to use them.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Great day for a hike. The trail can be strenuous at times. Great views at any of the lookouts. The trail is well marked and well maintained. They had recently done some controlled burns of the ground cover (leaves and needles) along the trail.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Outstanding views!!!

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