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Easy trail that follows along the Swannanoa River. About 6 miles round trip. Connects to other trails maintained by Warren Wilson College. Park at Charles Owen Park to access the east end of the trail. Got the river to your left and farmland to right. Plenty of outlets to the river off trail. You'll run into a lot of the Warren Wilson students here...chilling and smoking. But nothing too spectacular.

hiking
21 hours ago

Accessed this trail from the Lookout Mtn trail. Not very long, but part of a 7 or 8 mile Montreat trail system that traverses a few peaks. 360 views up here. Seven Sisters Peaks to the north is the best view. Want to say I saw Mt Mitchell towering over all of them in the very back. To the east is I-40 meandering in the Swannanoa Valley, and Kitsuma Peak. And south and west overlook Black Mountain and Montreat. Just sick views, overall.

hiking
21 hours ago

This one was a little tough. 600+ feet in elevation gain in just over half a mile. Sick views from here. The best view is looking north at the Seven Sisters peaks. Good views to the west overlooking Montreat. Continued from here to get to the Rattlesnake Mtn trail. I did about 3.5 miles to the two peaks and back.

It's nice. Went with the dogs. Unfortunately the whole trail isn't open to dogs.

The views are absolutely beautiful. Very peaceful hike. Did not find it to be too challenging but just the right amount of a work out. Well worth the visit even if you don't do the whole trail.

Great trail once you get off the pavement. Lots of American Beech, my favorite tree.

Having done the Profile Trail many times over the years, I was surprised to see the new entry off the highway, registration area, restrooms and parking area. Wow! Very nice! The 1st 1/2 mile from the registration area is new trail. It’s a nice warm-up but it tacks on the extra mile round trip which was unexpected. We went past Shanty Springs this time and had heard it was extremely difficult. We found it to be the best part of the trail. It’s challenging but really fun..not scary like I thought.

hiking
1 day ago

My gf and I along with our dog decided to make this our first hike. We are from a beachy city in Florida so this was definitely not our normal hike. It rained on us and was supper foggy for the first 45mins but cleared up a bit. Muddy and slick in some spots but nothing to crazy. The dog ran circles around us the entire time, she loved it just as much!

hiking
2 days ago

Great Trail. Be in good shape for this one.

the trail I went on was definitely made for mountain bikes but I was fortunate to be the only one out there. crazy awesome place to trail run.

35 minutes to the top. Awesome views! Easy on the way down . We brought our great dane

on the water and with some forest/ trees but completely paved and over built.

We did this trail in two days. Great hike. They were a few trees down on Kimsey Creek trail, but all were passable. The first day it was overcast and windy, However the following day the sun came out and WOW!! by the time we got to Albert Mtn it was totally clear.

Pleasant, easy trail. Not busy at all on a weekday morning. About half is walking along water which is very nice. Saw a big heron and turtle during our journey. Great low key hike.

The views speak for themselves. Absolutely loved the scenery I highly recommend for anyone. If you drive past Graveyard Fields parking area, you can drive up the road and a side road to the right (if you are passing graveyard fields on the right) will take you to an area where you can park and take the easy way up.

Hiked this a few days after it snowed. The rock was covered in some places with ice and snow. There were places to climb down safely to get a better view. Great views of Looking glass rock and the parkway.

hiking
3 days ago

Being a native of Asheville N.C. I have always seen this mountain from afar everyday but have never set out to summit it. It was worth it. The views on a clear day are spectacular. I highly recommend for hikers of any skill level.

Amazing hike. Quite easy with a few uphills. Beautiful waterfall, makes for a great day hike.

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