3.2 miles
Distance
253 ft
Climb
-1,877 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Profile Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Grandfather Mountain State Park
    Banner Elk, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Hiking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running

Ascending about 1,775 feet over 3.6 miles, this trail begins at the Profile Trail parking area at 4198 NC Hwy 105 N and ends at the Grandfather Trail at Calloway Gap. Beginning as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, this trail crosses the Watauga River and travels under a hardwood canopy for much of its length. Upper sections, beginning around Foscoe View, get steeper. Shanty Spring, at 3.2 miles, marks a transition into a strenuous pathway of tumble-down rock that joins the Grandfather Trail after a climb of 0.4 mile. It makes the transition out of the hardwoods and into the Canadian fir zone of the crest area. The upper section is steep and rocky and calls for careful footwork; this section is not recommended for pets.

Disclaimer

Use extreme caution on stream crossings — do not attempt in high water.

More Stats for Profile Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,624 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,826 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,663 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,039 ft
  • Grade
    -9.5%
  • Grade max
    -77.3%
  • Grade min
    33.2%
  • Distance climb
    4,081 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,060 ft
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      • 8 miles avg distance
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