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Profile Connector Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (1)

A quiet alternative to the section of the Profile Trail that is close to highway 105.


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Point to Point

3,998' 1,219 m

High

3,940' 1,201 m

Low

41' 13 m

Up

76' 23 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek

Family Friendly This trail is relatively moderate, well marked, well-maintained and useful for creating a loop of modest length from a great parking area with restrooms and lots of parking space.

Need to Know

There is an excellent parking lot with restrooms at the trailhead for the Profile Trail. See Profile Trail for more details.

Description

This trail begins and ends at two points on the Profile Trail. There is a section of the Profile Trail that drops down to the Watauga Creek and passes quite close to highway 105. Although the creek is very pretty, the highway noise can be unpleasant. This short section bypasses that lower section. It's cut further up onto the hill and stays back from the road. It's much quieter, and also doesn't change elevation quite as much.

Although many hikers travel the Profile Trail as a way to reach Calloway Gap, the trail is very worthwhile in its own right. There are many verdant sections with clear views of coves through mature hardwoods that are photo-worthy. This section can be used along with the first mile or so of the Profile Trail to create a sort of "lollipop" loop of modest length.

Flora & Fauna

There are abundant wildflowers along the trail in summer.

Shared By:

Jon Fitz

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