Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park
Banner Elk, NC 28604
A great hiking option on the outskirts of Banner Elk is the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park. This 7.6-mile round trip hike is rated strenuous, climbing some 1,775 feet to the top of Grandfather Mountain’s Calloway Peak, at 5,964 feet in elevation.
The trail begins in rolling terrain and crosses the Watauga River, before increasing in difficulty during the ascent. Much of the hike is under hardwood canopy before breaking into a Canadian fir zone near the crest.
The reward for reaching the summit – 360-degree views of the North Carolina High Country.