Graybeard Trail

MODERATE 292 reviews
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Graybeard Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,404 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

if you want to spend your day seeing all montreat has to offer, look no further

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rocky
20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was an amazing trail! It was well maintained and very challenging but doable for two 56 year olds. Creeks and small waterfalls were lovely!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in good shape. Plenty of water along the way for dogs. Shelter by Walkers Knob is good for hammocks and/or sleeping pads. Views weren’t overly exciting. Good workout.

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Overall, a great experience. We started at the trailhead for Greybeard and took it all the way to the summit. Not much in the view department on the way up (or down), but it was a very pretty hike. The rhododendrons were still blooming, and the lushness and the river overall made for a pleasant experience. Think of this thing in threes. The first third is up and rocky, but beautiful. Lots a water crossings. The second third is all flat, and a nice break after the initial climb. The last third kicks in another nice climb on a more lightly-traveled terrain with some overgrowth. The view is worth the trek to the top. I think the moderate rating is a fair one for this trail. It is strenuous at times, but that middle third really gives you the chance to recoup. Do it and you’ll be glad you did! We’ll definitely be back.

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

straight up, then, straight down.

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rocky
1 month ago

Awesome hike - first 1.5 miles are uphill, then levels off for a few miles of switchbacks. Got to the Overlook, beautiful scenery. The waterfall was very pretty too. Not much traffic for a Saturday.

hiking
1 month ago

I do not usually leave feed back or rate many things. This one I feel is worth telling about. Started at Greybeard hiked past the falls overlook to another parking lot and turned around, nearly 8.5 miles round trip. Seen one snake. This trail has a lot to offer. Hiking thru woods with lots of different terrains, winding thru areas of thick blueberries about head high(spooky bear area), open areas with great views. Very dog friendly with lots of serenity. After the large open area with great views the trail takes you past a big boulder that will be on your right side. It looks like there may be a trail beside it but stops, it doesn’t stop. It gives you access to the top of that big boulder. Climb it and you will not be disappointed! I took my 50 lb dog up there no problem. Cool place to chill. Even though some areas of this trail could be rated as hard, overall, I do not think it’s hard. I visited with a group that had 2 children in it, between 4 and 5 years of age maybe 2 miles into their hike. I’m pretty sure that’s as far as they went with the children. We will go back.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail a couple weeks ago. Hot summer day, lots of bugs at the top and vegetation (pants might be a good idea). Agree with previous reviewer we should have stopped at Walker's Knob, as I was not completely impressed with the view from the summit. The trail itself is beautiful though. Suspect it's a little longer than 9 miles, moderate overall, especially given the switchbacks break in the middle.

hiking
2 months ago

Agree with Cammie Berger's review. Great hike that gave us a bit of a challenge. On a hot day it's great to have most of the trail shaded in the woods. We went all the way to the top but the best view is at Walker's Knob. If you do plan on going on past Walker's Knob, know that the trail is very narrow and there's a lot of vegetation so would recommend wearing pants. There are a few smooth areas on the trail but it is mostly rocky, full to tree roots and the muddy spots can be pretty gross so you do need sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes. There are 3 creek crossings but all are pretty easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Green trail

hiking
2 months ago

This trail kicked our butts! There is a level section in the middle, but was rocky and rooty and uphill for more than not. Trail was well maintained and marked. Some muddy spots, but the falls and Walkers' Knob were beautiful. The peak has vegetation in view, so in hindsight, we would stop at the Knob next time and not endure the final 45 minute uphill climb. Still an amazing workout!

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

The 1st one and one-half miles it the hardest., but I wouldn’t call it a hard hike at all. The “moderate” rating is very accurate. We only went to Graybeard Falls and ended up with 5.9 miles.

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muddy
3 months ago

Loved this hike but definitely would rate hard instead of moderate. Solid 9+ miles with a significant uphill portion. Beautiful terrain. Muddy recently.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a very enjoyable hike! If we were going to do it again, we would stop at walkers’s knob about a mile before the summit. The view at the summit was very nice, but not quite enough to justify the rigorous uphill on the last portion of the trail (esp. for tired hikers). There were some deeper muddy patches along the way, but enough creek crossings to wash off the mud on the way back down. Very peaceful...we only saw a few other hikers and dogs the entire way.

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

The first and last mile on the way out are pretty brutal, but the middle portion is very leisurely. Views off waterfall and mountains well worth it.

4 months ago

Did this trail today. Simply fantastic, all the way up to the summit. Trail was in great shape. Couple small mud patches along the switchbacks, but nothing to be concerned about. Took the Seven Sisters ridge line back down on the descent and cut across Big Piney Ridge trail to end the loop back at the Graybeard Trailhead. Hoping to come back in the fall and do it again.

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rocky
5 months ago

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

My favorite hike of the week. The beginning part was like a Tolkien novel. First part was tough (uphill). Then it was easy but muddy. I stopped at Greybeard falls. Definitely do it again

hiking
5 months ago

I really liked this trail-it’s well maintained even with a lot of trees being down. The beginning and end are a bit of a steeper incline but nothing too crazy. The middle of the trail is a soft incline, which is also great for the knees on the way down. It was a great first hike of the season and would love to hike it in the fall.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a steep hike, with good views. There are 3 creek crossings, some muddy areas, and rocky footing in lots of places, so consider that in your gear choice. We got there in the morning at about 9 and were the only car there but upon our return the parking lot was over flowing and cars were parked down the street. We are glad we got there early so that we could enjoy the trail on our own with our doggy. We took a separate trail down at about the half way point that hooked into Rock Head Trail. There was a bit of an unexpected steep climb again to a peak and then a very treacherous but fun trail down. We popped out at the camp ground just below the parking lot.

hiking
5 months ago

well marked and overall enjoyable hike. waterfalls are cool and the walkers knob overlook is beautiful. the beginning and end up are steep, and it was decently muddy in the middle section where it was flat. this flat part is along the ridge and has cool views too. you cross the creek 3 times but they’re all pretty easy crossings. took our very fit group a bit over 4 hours to complete

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