“A beautiful Grandfather Mountain trail that leads into the park from Hwy 105.
— J.D. McNoldy
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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
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.