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2.8 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
68% Runnable
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,851' 564 m
Descent: -82' -25 m
High: 5,652' 1,723 m
Low: 3,825' 1,166 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 69% (35°)

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Trail shared by J.D. McNoldy

A beautiful Grandfather Mountain trail that leads into the park from Hwy 105.

J.D. McNoldy

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closes during inclement winter weather.

Description

The Profile Trail (marked with Orange blazes) begins at Hwy. 105 and leads to the intersection of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail (White Blaze) and The Grandfather Trail (Blue Blaze).

You'll begin by working your way along the Watuga River under a thick forest. The first 2 miles are moderate/difficult consisting of mainly hardpacked dirt and rock steps. Around the 2 mile mark there is an established backcountry camping spot with hair bag rigging.

From the 2nd to 3rd mile, the trail becomes difficult and very rocky. At the 2.6 mile mark you'll pass Shanty Springs which is a good water source year round. Be sure to filter, boil, or purify the water before drinking it.

Once you have reached the end of Profile Trail you can head too Calloways Peak 0.4 miles on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Macreas Peak 0.8 miles on the Grandfather Trail, or the Swinging Bridge which is 1.9 miles along the Grandfather Trail.

You can also head back down the same route to return to the trailhead and your vehicle.

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