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Best trails in Banner Elk

2024 Reviews
Looking for a great trail near Banner Elk, North Carolina? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park or Elk Knob State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Banner Elk ranging from 0.9 to 2 miles and from 2,828 to 5,446 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Banner Elk
Top trails (15)
#1 - Calloway Peak via Profile Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
"West Side" of Grandfather Mountain, the Profile Trail starts at the trailhead on Route 105 in Banner Elk, NC, and climbs almost 2000 feet to connect to the Grandfather Trail. Permits available at trShow more
#2 - Crab Orchard Falls Trail
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 51 m
Loose rocks and protruding roots make the steep trail somewhat challenging. Good balance recommended. It is a very long steep climb, so recommended for high energy kids and seniors with good cardio.Show more
#3 - Otter Falls Trail
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 37 m
This trail is moderate/easy and in good condition. You get to view a beautiful waterfall for very little effort. A wonderful trail for all! The sign out front says ""strenuous"" which is incorrect; whShow more
#4 - Calloway Peak and MacRae Peak via Profile Trail and Grandfather Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 6 h 25 m
Difficult, technically challenging trail. This route has lots of bouldering with challenging sections to get up and down some big rocks. Extremely exciting, with amazing views, this trail is well wortShow more
#5 - Nuwati Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Nuwati or "medicine" in the Cherokee language follows an old logging road. It's easy and rocky, ending at Storyteller's Rock and a great view of the Boone area. Trail has stream crossings, big-tooth aShow more
#6 - Jackalope's, Northview, Southern Ridge, Oz Forest and Wizards Way Trail
Emerald Outback Trail System
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Jackalope's, Northview, Southern Ridge, Oz Forest and Wizards Way Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Banner Elk, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderShow more
#7 - Linville Peak via Profile Trail
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 59 m
Linville Peak via Profile Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banner Elk, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trailShow more
#8 - Lower Pond Creek Trail
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 30 m
Lower Pond Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near Banner Elk, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, andShow more
#9 - Upper Pond Creek Trail
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Upper Pond Creek Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Banner Elk, North Carolina that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used forShow more
#10 - Grassy Gap Trail
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 52 m
There is another trailhead for this trail on the southern end. Some visitors may choose to park on the southern end, and then walk downhill to the Buckeye Recreation Center, with a car parked there toShow more
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