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Chestnut Knob Trail

 4 votes

Length

1.8 Miles 2.9 Kilometers


Elevation

825' 251 m

Ascent

-33' -10 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

2,232' 680 m

High

1,407' 429 m

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A nice, steep singletrack trail with two great overlooks of the South Mountains.

Brandon Thrower

Overview

Currently closed due to wildfire damage.
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The trail starts near the main parking area at SOMO after about a quarter mile hike on H.Q. Trail. Look for the trail on the right. The trail is broken up into two portions, the switchbacks and the mellow track. The first 0.7 miles uses many switchbacks and steps as it ascends to the Jacob Fork Gorge Overlook where you can catch a distant view of High Shoals Falls.

After the overlook, the trail mellows out and takes a more gentle gradient path to the top of the ridge. Once at a doubletrack intersection, go left to the Chestnut Knob Overlook with grand views of the South Mountains and the Piedmont. On a clear day, you can see the skyline of Charlotte from here. Return back on the doubletrack where you can take the Chestnut Knob-Sawtooth Connector Trail which dead ends into Sawtooth Trail. From here make a loop or return back to the trailhead the same way you came.

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Dec 25, 2017
Pinkee Rach
trail is not closed any more. all wildfire damage has been repaired. 3.6mi
Jun 3, 2017
Craig L
Summertime views at the top thanks to a previous forest fire.
May 26, 2017
Lisa Beasley
Very Very Very steep. Hardest trail accomplished yet. Hiked this right after we hiked High Shoals. The view wasn't as good but it was a good trail.... 4.2mi
May 3, 2017
Stephen Roberts
Hiked a couple months ago with my brother (from Indiana) on the way to Sawtooth Campsite. See http://www.eta-carina-ltd.com/hikes/trip05/hike05.html 2.1mi — 2h 30m

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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#450

in North Carolina

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