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A diverse trail that leads along a creek up to the trestle switchbacks, then a steeper climb to the summit.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

78%

Runnable

5,382' 1,641 m

High

3,014' 919 m

Low

2,368' 722 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Description

The trail starts on the edge of Montreat, and follow Flat Creek for a mile or two over rocky technical terrain, before reaching a section of the trail called the Trestle switchbacks. This 2-ish mile section of the trail is along an old logging rail line, and the gradient is very smooth, averaging about 3-5% the entire stretch. During this section, you'll also pass by the small Graybeard Falls.

After the switchbacks, the trail then starts climbing more steeply on its way to the summit of Graybeard through many short, technical sections of trail. The summit has a great view of the Black and Craggie Mountains and the foothills below. This is a must-do trail in the Asheville area. The blaze is a blue diamond.

Contacts

Land Manager: Buncombe County, NC

Shared By:

Brandon Thrower

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  4.5 from 19 votes

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  4.5 from 19 votes
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Photos

Snowy Day on the ridge. Grey Beard Summit 0.3mile behind me.
Feb 15, 2021 near Black M…, NC
Across the Sanctuary Pond on a sunny winter day.
Jan 24, 2019 near Black M…, NC
Greybeard Falls
May 3, 2021 near Black M…, NC
Bridge over Flat Creek at the Graybeard Trailhead
Jan 24, 2019 near Black M…, NC

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