Chestnut Knob Loop Trail

HARD 33 reviews

Chestnut Knob Loop Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bostic, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.8 miles
1515 feet

dogs on leash




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



washed out

Wide and rocky, with steep grades. Fairly difficult to make it to the top.

6 hours ago

This hike is definitely a workout. The first 1-1.5 miles are pretty much a non-stop incline. After that it’s pretty much smooth sailing, with a few short inclines that sufficiently get your heart pumping. Took my dog and she loved it. It was definitely a workout for her too! We added an extra .4 miles to go to the Chestnut Knob overlook. The view itself is pretty good, but there’s not really anywhere to sit comfortably and no shade. And because we went on a fairly warm day, the sun was a little too much. Other than the overlook, there’s a few spots with some decent views, and places to sit and enjoy them. As other mentioned there are a ton of burnt trees, so a little dreary but nothing too bad. Overall I’m giving this hike a 4 because it’s a great workout, but it’s just short of a 5 because of the lackluster views.

1 month ago

We did Chestnut Knob, followed by Sawtooth , Upper CCC , and Little River Trail. A total of about 7.9 miles with over 1,400 ft elevation. Great workout for the day!

1 month ago

Great challenging day hike.

6 months ago

For some reason my track didn't save the past couple of times, but, for the past month the gnats are HORRIBLE in the fire damaged areas!...repellant doesn't seem to help much either. But, still, a nice loop. There's even a hidden waterfall just off-trail (which I marked and took a picture of...shame the track didn't save).

8 months ago

I did chestnut knob today with my golden. He is 5 months out from acl surgery and did great! We can't wait to go back and see the falls next time

9 months ago

I completed a very enjoyable 6.3 mile loop that included 1280 feet of elevation gain. It was basically a two mile climb up to Chestnut Knob, followed by a more gradual four mile descent by way of the wider Sawtooth, Upper CCC and Little River bridal trails. I can definitely see myself returning to experience this hike again during a different season.

10 months ago

The first mile is the most challenging. From there it's pretty moderate. Yes, a good amount of fire devastation. Part of nature. Otherwise great scenery. You share the trail with the horses and their earthly deposits.

11 months ago

Trail was closed when I attempted on April 8, 2017.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The overlook was not as impressive as I thought it would be. Currently a lot of devastation from the forest fires.

Friday, September 23, 2016

My favorite of all time. I've hiked them all. Super strenuous for the non experienced hiker in some areas. Get what you put into it here. Be careful and take some basic supplies in case of a slip trip or fall.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Amazing trails, my family and i love to visit here. If you never been here in the fall or winter months please give it a shot. Beautiful view with ice on the side of the mountains.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Trail was beautiful and well maintained. I would definitely come again as the state park has 40 miles of trails and its easy to navigate different trails. Park ranger office is very friendly and they have free maps as well.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

great hike. fun to catch on the backside by the state hospital reservoir 20 min from downtown Morganton and great mountain views of south mountain up close and table rock in the distance. we hiked 4 miles round trip. moderate up and down but could do with my almost 60 year old parents

Monday, November 16, 2015


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Love it

Friday, December 06, 2013

I had a couple of pleasant hikes there.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I had no clue this trail was 17 miles long!! That explains why I was hiking in the dark ad it was closing time when I got out. I was really getting worried when it got dark and I had no flash light. Outside of that it was a good hike however a bit boring.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Fantastic state park full of trails, camping and beautiful water features. About half the trails are wide and maintained as equestrian trails, though they are also great for mountain biking. The problem, from a hiking perspective, is they are largely comprised of gravel and a little boring to hike. Every now and again you'll find an opening in the trees and catch a beautiful vista. If you hike the trails in the fall or summer there is less overgrowth and more to see.

Aside from the equestrian trails the trails which are more compatible with hikers are really great. Chestnut Knob, Shinning Creek, High Shoals; all wonder hikes. The best way to tackle the park is plan for a two day with a stay at one of the camp grounds.

Monday, July 09, 2012

I frequently hike at South Mountain. It's a beautiful place to go. Although I would recommend for someone to go during the fall/spring. The winter and summer are very cold and hot at times.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Took the trail to the Waterfall - then climbed to the Upper Falls overlook - not a bad view! Lots of spurs and loops intermixed with the campgrounds to keep you busy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Great hike during the winter. Hike New Years day 2011. Waterfall was frozen and beautiful. Snow on the ground, approx 2"

mountain biking
Monday, April 26, 2010

The road was in excellent condition, but I didn't realize that it was 17 miles. I had to turn back after reaching to top. I was running out of daylight, and my dog was exhausted. I had recently purchased my bike, and did not have the conditioning for such demanding hills. I had to push my bike most of the way. lol I do plan on returning to finish the full 17 mile loop very soon. The huge waterfall, and views at the top of the mountain are beautiful.

At the top do not take the trail that leads back down to the waterfall. Your better off going back the way you came, or finishing the loop. You'll have to carry your bike for a mile, and down a very steep set of steps. This is not something you want to do exhausted.

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