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2.8 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,851' 564 m
Descent: -82' -25 m
High: 5,652' 1,723 m
Low: 3,825' 1,166 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 69% (35°)

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Trail shared by J.D. McNoldy

A beautiful Grandfather Mountain trail that leads into the park from Hwy 105.

J.D. McNoldy

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closes during inclement winter weather.

Description

The Profile Trail (marked with Orange blazes) begins at Hwy. 105 and leads to the intersection of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail (White Blaze) and The Grandfather Trail (Blue Blaze).

You'll begin by working your way along the Watuga River under a thick forest. The first 2 miles are moderate/difficult consisting of mainly hardpacked dirt and rock steps. Around the 2 mile mark there is an established backcountry camping spot with hair bag rigging.

From the 2nd to 3rd mile, the trail becomes difficult and very rocky. At the 2.6 mile mark you'll pass Shanty Springs which is a good water source year round. Be sure to filter, boil, or purify the water before drinking it.

Once you have reached the end of Profile Trail you can head too Calloways Peak 0.4 miles on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Macreas Peak 0.8 miles on the Grandfather Trail, or the Swinging Bridge which is 1.9 miles along the Grandfather Trail.

You can also head back down the same route to return to the trailhead and your vehicle.

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May 14, 2019
Matthew Bernier
Apr 27, 2019
Perry Arlia
this is a really good trail, but don't take it lightly. 2.8mi — 8h 00m
Apr 6, 2019
Fred Roxo
Mar 18, 2019
Cameron Schaeffer
Fairly average trail with a few good views, namely the Profile and Foscoe views. Starts off easy but ramps up the difficulty towards the end. 3.6mi — 3h 51m
Aug 14, 2018
Clark Maness
2.8mi
Aug 13, 2018
Jennifer Marquardt
New parking/trailhead has added .5mi at the beginning of the trail & maps & signage are from the old trailhead. Can be confusing if you don't know. 6.2mi — 3h 00m
Jul 21, 2018
Jessie Nichols
Campin
Jul 1, 2018
Greg F
2.8mi

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  4.7 from 18 votes

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