Graybeard Trail

Montreat, North Carolina 28757

Distance0.4mi
Elevation Gain315ft
Trailhead Elevation3,228ft
Top3,229ft
Elevation Min/Max3005/3229ft
Elevation Start/End3228/3228ft

Graybeard Trail

Graybeard Trail is a hiking trail in Montreat, North Carolina. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 3,228 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 315 feet.

Graybeard Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Montreat is a Presbyterian conference center and college on 4500 acres of sylvan bliss nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Some 2500 of those acres have been set aside as a permanent wilderness conservation easement, and on those 2500 acres you’ll find nearly 20 miles of hiking trails. Most of the trails are a mile or less.

For the typical visitor to Black Mountain, with its galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, that’s an ideal length for exploring this forest of older-growth hardwoods and the occasional pine, and feisty mountain streams. There’s also something for the more ambitious hiker. The 7.5-mile Graybeard Trail, for instance, covers 2338 vertical feet on its way from the outskirts of Montreat to 5408-foot Graybeard Mountain."

Graybeard Trail Reviews

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5/2/2014
Great hike, but has changed some since the guide was written. Finding the trailhead is fairly straight forward following the directions in the guide. NC 9 becomes (is named) Assembly Drive once you get to Montreat, and then becomes Graybeard Trail. The trailhead is right past the Wildlife Station as the guide says, parking for about 9 cars there. The trailhead puts the revised trail at 4.8 miles each way, but my phone's GPS put it at about 4.55 miles each way. The first 1.5 miles gain some elevation, but is nothing too serious. The next two miles are essentially flat, but a very pleasurable walk. The last mile is more steep, but nothing the average dayhiker can't handle. There are multiple stream crossings and mudpits within the first 3 miles. There are several very nice campsites on the way up, either by stream crossings or Graybeard Falls. There is a shelter maintained about 3/4 of the way up that could probably hold 20-30 people easily. The summit is ok, with a relatively small cleared area with fair views if you can see over the rhododendron bushes. The views along the way and the rock formations/streams were the highlight for me. Well worth the trip.
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5/19/2012
Great day hike. some mud, first half along river. Great views on top. 3/4 up is a shelter that is maintained by "Montreat Wilderness Club" and they do a great job.
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5/24/2008
Great, well kept, and well marked trail. It is muddy in some spots, but makes a great day hike. Be sure to take the spur to Walker's Knob. While there are good views on the top of Graybeard, the views are awesome from Walker's Knob.
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5/17/2008
This was my first backpacking trip and it was awesome. I hiked up graybeard all the way to the top of Graybeard mountain. It was hard, probably because I went fast, it took about 2 hours each way. The view at the top is PHENOMINAL, probably one of the best I've ever seen in the NC Mountains almost a 360 degree view of mostly wilderness and many peaks over 6k (the top of Graybeard is 5408). Trail is well-kept and marked, except for a few muddy areas. I love how it is next to a creek for most of the trail. I camped at the top, so it was a windy night, though. I will probably camp at a lower elevation next time, to avoid the wind.
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Jul 2018