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Chestnut Knob Trail

 3.8 (4)

1.8 Miles 2.9 Kilometers


77%

Runnable

825' 251 m

Ascent

-33' -10 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

2,232' 680 m

High

1,407' 429 m

Low

Shared By Brandon Thrower

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All Clear 54 days ago
Reopened after wildfire damage History

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A nice, steep singletrack trail with two great overlooks of the South Mountains.

Brandon Thrower

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Currently closed due to wildfire damage.

Runner Notes

This is a very popular day hiking trail. Expect to bump into many people out on trail.

Description

The trail starts near the main parking area at SOMO after about a quarter mile run on H.Q. Trail. Look for the trail on the right. The trail is broken up into two portions, the switchbacks and the mellow track. The first 0.7 miles uses many switchbacks and steps as it ascends to the Jacob Fork Gorge Overlook where you can catch a distant view of High Shoals Falls.

After the overlook, the trail mellows out and takes a more gentle gradient path to the top of the ridge. Once at a doubletrack intersection, go left to the Chestnut Knob Overlook with grand views of the South Mountains and the Piedmont. On a clear day, you can see the skyline of Charlotte from here. Return back on the doubletrack where you can take the Chestnut Knob-Sawtooth Connector Trail which dead ends into Sawtooth Trail. From here make a loop or return back to the trailhead the same way you came.

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