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

hiking
16 hours ago

Difficult hike, it is a continuous incline the majority of the time. Take breaks but you’ll make it. Nice views but we unknowing walked past snooks nose as there was no signage and views weren’t spectacular. Nice hike if you are camping in the area, but wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Great trail! We did about 1.5 hours out and back (3 hours or so total), didn't hike the whole thing but will eventually- crossing creek 3 times at beginning of hike wasn't bad at all. lots of great spots to sit on rocks near the many waterfalls you see along the way, plus hearing the falls the majority of the start of the hike was really lovely.

paved , mostly quiet nice

Solid climb with nice lookouts and a waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Gentle incline, but was beat by the end of it still. Some great views along the way. Had to step off a few time for mountain bikers coming down. Think we stepped in a yellow jacket nest about ten minutes up from the split from Star gap. Two people and two dogs all received multiple stings.

camping
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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Great hike. Strenuous at times. Go to Walker’s knob for a great view!

Walker knob has the better view if you decide to finish the trail there instead of Greybeard summit. Tough at times but we really enjoyed it. Lightly trafficked, dog friendly. Enjoyed crossing over the stream and the falls

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We started off on the Kitsuma bike/hiking trail which was great! But as we got to the bottom we realized that this trail did not truly loop around. You do have to walk up a road to continue on to the Swannanoa Creek trail. Which was fine. But the further you went down the trail the more over grown and washed out it became. Apparently that area was hit pretty hard with torrential rain about 3 months ago which completely washed out the trail. The trail is no longer kept up so it was basically a jungle of kudzu, fallen trees, and briars. The only “trail” we were able to follow was made by the deer. We became so frustrated that we climbed up the hill and walked along the railroad tracks and over I40 back to the car. I don’t recommend the Swannanoa Creek trail at this time until it can be cleared up as it was impossible to follow.

Fun trail! Starts out hard for first 1.5 Miles... then a very enjoyable walk to final uphill... great views... be careful going down the final 1.5 Miles, much more technical than the top..

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite so far. First part of trail follows creek bed so you are always accompanied by the beautiful sight and sound. Difficult hiking, steep, lots of loose rock. Middle section long gentle out and back with what seems like gentle elevation increase. Third section back to steep with loose rock and roots and throw in narrow as it appears not everyone gets all the way to the top. Some great views, waterfall (Graybeard Falls) and terrific woodlands. Saw only about six other people on the trail, all within the first hour or two. After that had the whole trail to myself.

Starts hard, gets easier as you ascend. Water is pretty regularly found so no worries for pets. Good afternoon hike, beautiful views and not very busy on a Saturday

road biking
1 month ago

Very tough going up....fun city going down!

Amazing views, first half of the hike was rough for us. Cross the river three times in lower section. If there is heavy rain, expect to get wet.

hiking
2 months ago

I chose it for the elevation gain and it delivered. I made the "summit" in 2:10 and the whole hike in 3:53. My All Trails app recorded it as 10.4 miles with 3,225 elevation gain. It's not as hard as I thought it would be. The steep, rocky parts are short. Most of the incline is pretty gentle.

As you drive in, the trailhead is on your right and looks like a dirt/gravel road. Parking is on your left about 50 yards later. There is a creek to cross at .3 that was difficult due to lots of recent rain, but I think during "normal" flow, it should be easy enough to jump from rock to rock to cross.

I almost did not do this one as there are no water sources past .3 and it was August, but I started at 08:30 and the temp was cool. There was a little spring at about 4 miles up that would offer dogs an opportunity to drink, but I would not count on it when we've not had rain in a while.

One yellow jacket sting on the way down.

We hiked this after a huge rainstorm. Flat creek was full of water which made Graybeard Falls extra beautiful. This hike was everything we were looking for. The first stretch is a fairly steep climb over rocks and roots with a few creek crossings. It was challenging but we were still able to do it fairly quickly. 10/10 will hike again!

Currently pretty wet, so some added difficulty there. Hiked solo to the summit and back with a couple of side adventures for a total of about 10 miles in just under 4 hours. The view from Walkers Knob overlook is incredible. Prepare to sweat!! I slipped a few times coming down the steeper sections, and the stream crossings are fairly well under water right now, so make sure you have good tread on your shoes! Advise doing this with trekking poles if you are headed to the summit!

Beautiful views along the way. The end of the trails ends at blue ridge Park way. Pretty tough hike. Found water pretty high up there. Heard a water fall but it was not in sight.

Great exercise like most have commented, had 0 visibility at the summit and other lookouts which were small a bit disappointing (even if there was visibility), but the trail was beautiful and serene. The last 1.5 miles to the summit is difficult and technical. As others have said as well, I caught a goat trail on a missed switchback so pay attention.

2 months ago

Enjoyable hike with a lot of elevation but over a long stretch. Much of the time you barely feel like you’re ascending. The toughest part by far is from the shelter up to Graybeard. When I was there I was clouded in and got pretty wet from the condensation near the top. Coming back down I stopped at Walkers Knob. Beautiful views! I changed it up by cutting over to the Old Mitchell Toll Road via Old Trestle Trail and then rejoined at Pots Cove Gap. Near the bottom I took the Bryan Woodward loop and was rewarded with a rabbit right on the trail and a group of swallowtail butterflies. All told with side trips and detours it was about 10.3 miles.

2 months ago

Some sections are tough for younger kids (7 yo). Trekked about half way. But still a great hike. Kids enjoyed it too.

hiking
2 months ago

Walkers knob and the waterfall are both great. Totally worth the hike. The Greybeard summit was a bit disappointing. Good for exercise and getting in mileage, but I didn’t feel like it paid off in a significant way. Watch the switchbacks for sure. There are little paths leading from them to nowhere.

walking
3 months ago

It was a nice long paved road. Very quiet and easy. We completed it in about 2 and a half hours out and back. There are some areas with debris in the road but you can easily get around it.

trail running
3 months ago

Good challenging incline, great views, and fun to run down. One big section is still covered in debris but you can easily get around it whether running or biking.

Great half day hike! We took our dog and he had plenty of places to get fresh water. Hiking alongside the stream was lovely. Decided at the last minute to go to Walkers Knob instead of Graybeard summit. It was a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy snacks. Great vista! The path is pretty rocky so you definitely have to pay attention to your foot placement but overall it was a not-too-strenuous option for us.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved the trail with the creek running along side it in the lower section. The waterfall was beautiful and a nice resting place. We did not hike to the top but out to Walker’s knob instead as we were moving kinda slow and it was unclear how many more miles to the top. Walker’s knob has amazing 360 degree views.

just letting everyone know it was closed today! the excessive rain caused a landslide towards the beginning of the trail

Really into it but was a bit bummed out when we reached the top, there was no view. However there were some really nice views along the way. Also if you have something 4x4 just drive the trail till you find the railroad tracks. Take the road to the right the other to the left dead ends but still fun to go down tho.

4 months ago

Pleasant mixed terrain, steeper sections with more moderate sections alternating with nice view points. Very nice.

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