The Best Hiking in Banner Elk

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Top hiking spots in and near Banner Elk

  • Newland, North Carolina

    Sugar Mountain Ski Area

    3.12 mi / 1243 ft gain
    Sugar Mountain Ski Area is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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  • Beech Mountain, North Carolina

    Upper Pond Creek Trail

    1.99 mi / 354 ft gain
    Upper Pond Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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  • 825 Skyland Drive, North Carolina

    Otter Falls Trail

    0.99 mi / 213 ft gain
    Otter Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Profile Trail to Calloway Peak

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 2300 ft gain
    If you're looking for a challenge and hoping to escape the crowds at Grandfather Mountain, this is the hike for you.  Climbing up the back side of the mountain (opposite the famed mile-high swinging bridge) this trail is fee-free and easy-to-access with its own parking lot.  The trail, marked w...
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  • Seven Devils, North Carolina

    Calloway Peak via Profile Trail

    7.11 mi / 2493 ft gain
    Calloway Peak via Profile Trail is an out-and-back trail with waterfall views located near Banner Elk, North Carolina in Grandfather Mountain State Park.
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  • Beech Mountain, North Carolina

    Grassy Gap Trail

    1.57 mi / 476 ft gain
    Grassy Gap Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Grandfather Mountain Trail

    4.26 mi / 1165 ft gain
    Grandfather Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Linville, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Raven Rocks Loop

    1.94 mi / 479 ft gain
    Raven Rocks Loop is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Linville, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Mile High Swinging Bridge

    0.78 mi / 236 ft gain
    Mile High Swinging Bridge is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Linville, North Carolina.
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  • Banner Elk, North Carolina

    Crab Orchard Falls Trail

    1.57 mi / 397 ft gain
    Crab Orchard Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Banner Elk, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Black Rock Nature Trail

    1.76 mi / 312 ft gain
    Black Rock Nature Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Linville, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Stack Rock to Wilson Creek via Tanawha Trail

    3.41 mi / 295 ft gain
    Stack Rock to Wilson Creek via Tanawha Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Linville, North Carolina.
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  • Banner Elk, North Carolina

    Calloway Peak via Daniel Boone Scout Trail

    5.0
    6.31 mi / 1991 ft gain
    At 5,946 feet, Calloway Peak provides hikers with perhaps the best view of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll have to earn this view - it is a tough climb up, although not terribly long. Begin at the trailhead for Tanawha Trail in the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway....
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  • Banner Elk, North Carolina

    Explore Boone Fork Creek

    0.25 mi / 75 ft gain
    Boone Fork Bridge and creek is situated at the base of Grandfather Mountain, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 299.9. Elevation 3905'.The trailhead is at the left side of Boone Fork Creek parking area and the trail is a gentle meander through Rhododendrons and a hardwood forest.As you head tow...
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  • Banner Elk, North Carolina

    Flat Rock View via Nuwati and Cragway Trail

    3.5 mi / 1106 ft gain
    Flat Rock View via Nuwati and Cragway Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
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  • Banner Elk, North Carolina

    Grandfather Mountain via Daniel Boone Scout Trail and Grandfather Trail

    10.71 mi / 3268 ft gain
    Grandfather Mountain via Daniel Boone Scout Trail and Grandfather Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
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