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Chestnut Knob Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 839' 256 m
Descent: -18' -5 m
High: 2,223' 677 m
Low: 1,384' 422 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

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

Brandon Thrower

Features Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Currently closed due to wildfire damage.

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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Aug 20, 2019
Jennifer Marquardt
4.2mi
Jan 6, 2019
Mike Ankner
Nov 23, 2018
Tyler Morris
Nov 12, 2018
Kyle Obermiller
Jul 15, 2018
Luke Powell
2mi
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.

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#682

in North Carolina

#17,828

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Heading up to Chestnut Knob.
Dec 19, 2016 near Salem, NC
Yellow Leafcup South Mountains SP
Nov 19, 2019 near Salem, NC

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