Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park Banner Elk Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain near Banner Elk
4198 NC Hwy. 105 North
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-963-9522

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.

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