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
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