Reviews (501)
Photos (1279)
Recordings (442)
Alex Wolicki
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFri Jul 10 2020
HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

trail head hard to find amongst residential areas. good challenging hike though

View Alex's Recording
marinecope24 .
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSun Jul 05 2020
Hiking

Trail is for sure a hard. Took my wife and I just shy of 5hrs. I had a 40lb ruck sack, so that for sure made this a hard workout. We did big piney peak first, and then worked our way to greybeards. I would not recommend this for a summer hike. We did it during July, and it’s very thick vegetation. Path gets narrow, and thick. And the views aren’t really there. Would be a great fall/winter hike I think though. The greybeards portion would be a great hike, with some awesome stream/mini waterfall views. If I did this again in the summer, I would only do the grey beard portion.

View marinecope24's Recording
Chris Blanc
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 05 2020
HikingRocky
View Chris's Recording
Ella Collings
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Jul 05 2020
HikingBugsMuddy
View Ella's Recording
Michelle LaFon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
RunningMuddy

Went South and did out and back to Craggy area then came back and had snack at Van. After that went Northbound for an out and back. Great views going Northbound.

View Michelle's Recording
Jenny S
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jul 02 2020
HikingBugsMuddyRocky

This was a surprisingly wild and challenging trail. The path is well-worn but small and oh so steep. We went counter-clockwise but regretted it because of my knee problems. But going clockwise means a very steep (and BEAUTIFUL) ascent to Little Piney, so either way you’re in for a challenge. The actual length of the loop was approx 5 miles. The trail abounds with wild flowers and mushrooms. There’s a spectacular viewpoint on an outcrop of rocks and we saw a few salamanders. We didn’t see any snakes as others have mentioned, but lots of beautiful rock formations where they’d be happy to dwell. Overall a good chance to get out into nature and get a workout. Oh, and make sure to cover your ankles to protect against thorns and ticks, and bring bug repellent!

Beth Flaherty
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarTue Jun 30 2020
HikingBugs

There was a sign posted warning of venomous snakes and we saw one in the middle of the trail about 1/4 mile in. We didn’t continue our hike this morning.

View Beth's Recording
Parker Bruer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Jun 30 2020
HikingBugsMuddy

It's a fun little hike for sure. Four stars because the view from Bullhead Mountain is only there during the winter. We hiked an extra half mile or so and found a great rock outcropping with a view of a waterfall. Great spot for a picnic! The trail is definitely up and down, with some steep spots, but it's not impossible. Trail turns into a stream in some spots after some rain.

Jimmy Thompson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
Hiking

Straight up till Big Piney, harder than Greybeard, but the back half is really easy and fun.

View Jimmy 's Recording
Deborah Inaba
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 20 2020

Had the whole place to myself. Well maintained and designed for mountain bikes But not a soul today. Wide, dry and well marked. Couldn't see Lake Lure but that probably needs to go the whole 5 mile trail. Incredible boulder massives near the top. The drive is a winding journey to get there including a short stretch of dirt road but a great walk through the forest and a great interval workout. Enjoyed it.

Jiayun Gao
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 20 2020
HikingRocky

It’s a little bit rocky to start off but once u hit the top, it’s very easy and flat. Wildflowers, mountains, diverse variety of plants just made this trail perfect. I’m so amazed by the overlook.

View Jiayun's Recording
Stuart Condra
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Jun 18 2020
Hiking

Started from the TH at the end of Shumont Rd. The first rocks you reach are not Eagle Rock. ER is larger and marked by a sign. Once on WeedPatch trail it’s red circle blazed. Can still see much evidence of the 2016 fire, but I saw a mountain laurel scorched all around but still beautifully blooming at the top. 35 minutes to tunnel downhill all the way except the first part from the parking area to ER. Watch what you brush against on this trail as there are stinging nettles everywhere. I’m sure the view from top is gorgeous, I just happened to go on a mistyy, foggy day. Still, pretty cool hiking in the clouds-eiery! Plus I had the trail to myself. The tunnel is a unique feature and offered me cover while waiting out a short rain shower. The bad knees appreciated that most all the descent was on the outward leg not the return which took 48 minutes.

Jennifer Scheihing
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSun Jun 07 2020
HikingOver grownRocky

Trail was a nice workout, but parts were very overgrown with knee-high grass. We couldn't find a viewpoint at the top of Bullhead Mountain which was disappointing, but the view at Locust Knob along the way was pretty

Cristina Coll
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 04 2020
HikingMuddy
View Cristina's Recording
Nick S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun May 31 2020
HikingOver grownRocky
View Nick's Recording
Kirstin Voelkel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun May 31 2020

As this is an extremely challenging long trail for most, I usually take this all day hike once a year, and vow to break it up into a two day journey next year. Love the views of the holy watering hole reservoir from the west ridge trail. Heading back down from Greybeard always seems to be so far and getting dark as I crawl back home to the truck.

Matt D
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat May 16 2020
Mountain biking

I rode up to eagle rock from the bottom at buffalo creek park with my 12yo and we had a fantastic ride. Note that mileage posted by many reviewers and Alltrails is based on gps which cuts off a lot of trail given the many tight switchbacks. With a calibrated wheel speed sensor I got 21.9mi for the out and back from the parking lot. The ascent was just shy of 3500'. The trail in general is really well built and laid out. While there is a ton of climbing it's all doable. Nearly all of the switchbacks are rideable. The descent is a ton of fun and worth the climb. Note that if you've got a filter there are many water sources, even close to the top. The views from eagle rock are awesome! Weed patch is a must do if you like big backcountry rides. I can't wait to ride it again

Virginia Carter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat May 16 2020
Hiking

Didn't actually do the loop as a bum knee had me worried based off of previous reviews. we started out counter-clockwise at the trail head off of the gravel road. Stopped to rest at Rattlesnake Rock lookout briefly, then took a right on the ridge trail to Forked Ridge Knob, then turned around. Total was about 5 miles and moderate overall. Used poles on the downhill only b/c of a bum knee- if you're healthy you won't need them. Not a lot of views, but for a solid workout and time spent in nature, this is great. Will be back to do more of the other trails!

STEVEN LE ROUX
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue May 12 2020
Mountain biking

Awesome trail for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. Gnarly ascent but it’s well worth it. A flowy descent with loads of switch backs that keeps you on your toes and over the back of the bike. The juice is worth the squeeze!!

View STEVEN's Recording
Lauren Anderson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri May 08 2020
HikingMuddy

I would recommend this trail! I think the AllTrails map needs to be updated because the “Big Piney” loop feeds into the “Little Piny” trail, which made this hike a little longer, but not by much! It had a nice little water fall and decent views of the surrounding mountains. When I arrived, I was worried it was a private park associated with Montreat. I would love to go back, but next time I’m going to check their website, montreat.org, and see if you need permission beforehand. It was difficult at times, but with some water and a snack, nothing too strenuous. The trail is pretty well marked as well, but it was helpful to have the AllTrails map downloaded before as well.

View Lauren's Recording
Jessica Hensley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed May 06 2020
Hiking

Beautiful trails that are well maintained! Makes me want to get into mountain biking!

John Sherman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarTue Apr 28 2020
Hiking

We did the loop, up Kitsuma and then up old US 70 back to where we started. If you look at our map, we took a short detour to look at a confederate grave marker. I rate this trail 2 stars because it is primarily a mountain bike trail. Yes it is open to hikers, but it is a fantastic mountain biking trail. If you do decide to hike it, do it early in the morning, before bikers hit it. Not really recommended for hiking due to mountain biking and also it is not a quiet hike in the woods....You hear I 40 almost the whole time.

View John's Recording
Showing results 1 - 22 of 501