Explore the most popular trails near Montreat with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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trail running
2 days ago

Very fun hill with a scramble at the end. Well maintained and easy to follow. Took my daughter when she was 9 and she loved it (we did this and the 7 sisters loop.) Love running down.

Can combine with other Montreat trails to make a loop and make it longer.

2 days ago

great trail! steep but great view and well marked trail.

hiking
20 days ago

The views awaiting you at the top are spectacular!!

Amazing view

Nice hike but many intersecting trails so you need to pay close attention or you will miss your turns. Old trestle trail is was enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

The lookout view is nice but the lookout trail is a highway of people. To avoid the crowds and bypass Lookout and get to the spectacular 360 deg view at Rattlesnake peak, when you get to the major trail intersection about 0.2 miles in, go to the right and get on Toll road trail. We never saw a single person and had the entire mountain top to ourselves. It was about a one hour hike to the peak.

1 month ago

We took our whole youth group of high schoolers and made it to the top of the mountain in about 30 minutes. We spent about 30 minutes enjoying the view and taking many photos with the youth. Only a few of the kids had to take short breaks on the way up but all made it to the top and really were grateful for having decided to make this climb the thing to do on their free day.

If you are looking for a heart pumper and you are in the area - go for it! I tend to go for scenery- not much to look at on the way up. Top view was good but small vista area that can get crowded.

This is a short but uphill hike the entire way with rewarding views at the end. The very last section leading to the summit is a bit of a rock scramble, but even the pups handled it like champs. The summit is small and could get really crowded when there are a lot of people and dogs. The trail was very muddy when I went after a rainy period so watch your footing.

on Rattlesnake Mountain

2 months ago

Great views from the top, but it’s worth going via the lookout trail as well- more challenging terrain but also great scenery. The old toll road part of the path is really easy going, if you’re looking for something less strenuous make sure you take the turn off from the lookout trail

Great easy hike after doing the Lookout Trial

Nice little walk with some good views

hiking
2 months ago

Fun short hike, though the incline/decline is quite strenuous. We hiked it in the rain and the rocks were still fairly easy to navigate!

Loved this hike—quick but strenuous! It’s a steady climb on a well marked trail. It begins to get rocky and requires a slight bit of “climb” on the last stretch. The views at the top are lovely... not as vast as some other hikes I’ve done in the area (looking glass, john’s rock), but beautiful and a great reward for a shorter hike. The 4 vs 5 Star is primarily for the small space at the top. There were quite a few people, we had our dogs, and there was very little room for us to rest and take in the sights. Would definitely do it again!

2 months ago

Loved the challenges this hike presented. The views are worth it.

a beautiful view at the top! would say it's a difficult hike, but doable.

hiking
2 months ago

I combined this hike with lookout mountain. Rattlesnake mountain is more beautiful than lookout mountain in my opinion. I genuinely enjoyed the solitude at the summit and the 360 views. It’s quite a strenuous hike when you come from the lookout side, but it’s the kind of hiking I love with some climbing on rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

My new favorite hike in the region. I went past the lookout towards the ‘second summit’ and went to rattlesnake as well. It’s a pretty strenuous hike, but it’s absolutely worth it. Especially when you continue on to rattlesnake. (It’s only about .7 mile further.) Don’t let the length of the trail fool you, it might be short, but it’ll kick your butt! Definitely coming back!

hiking
3 months ago

Not a bad hike. Good workout as it's all uphill. Rock scramble at top was pretty easy to negotiate. I might recommend a rope or some kind of hand rail particularly for smaller children or older folks. We went in the summer so the views were ok. Probably better in the winter or late fall.

My kind of trail slow elevation up canopy green not traveled lots.

It was a hard trail with breathtaking views!

hiking
3 months ago

On June 9 Family decided to check this out, randomly after breakfast, in flip flops! Steep incline but the trail itself had good footing. View wasn’t worth the climb tho as steep rocks prevented us from navigating that at the top. It was a good workout

This is a ver enjoyable hike. The way up to Lookout Mountain is all railroad trestle stairs and steep in places. . Some stairs are getting sort of washed out, so they are quite high and can get strenuous for those with shorter legs. The view from the top is awesome and well worth the scramble up. The rest is a steady, well-marked amble downhill with plenty of wildflowers . A beautiful hike any time of year, but judging from the glimpses of distant mountains I got through the leaves, I want to do this one again when they are down.

hiking
4 months ago

Most of the hike is a fairly steep incline. There are only a couple parts that require climbing over rocks, but overall it's clearly marked and has steps for the steeper sections. Beautiful view at the top that's totally worth it! Has a small spot with shade that's nice for packing lunch as well.

Scramble at the top not good for anyone scared of heights

hiking
5 months ago

This was a very steep and strenuous climb, but the trail was a lot of fun, it's very narrow and deceiving, when you think it's about to level out, it just keeps on climbing.

5 months ago

Love this trail! Climb it every chance we get!!

5 months ago

First time hiker and my fiance and I truly enjoyed going up this rather short trail. It was steep, but not scary and very quick to a peak with great views and good picture spots.

It’s a nice starter trail for the area. We took our dog with and met several other pups along the way. Several cool rock cut outs but nothing really spectacular view wise for photos / selfies. Was still a really nice trail though!

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