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Profile Connector Trail Now Open at Grandfather Mountain State Park

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Roy Cooper, Governor
D. Reid Wilson, Secretary
Release Note: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Profile Connector Trail Now Open at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Raleigh, N.C. – Construction is complete on a new trail that offers additional mileage along the Profile Trail at  Grandfather Mountain State Park. The new trail is a 2.4-mile loop that adds nearly a half mile to the existing trail.
The Profile Trail ascends 1,775 feet over 3.6 miles to Calloway Gap. Beginning as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, the trail crosses the Watauga River and travels under a hardwood canopy for much of its length. Upper sections, beginning around Foscoe View, are steep. Access to the Profile Trail and Profile Connector Trail is located at 4198 NC Highway 105 North, Banner Elk, NC 28604. The new Profile Connector Trail blaze is a florescent yellow diamond.

Grandfather Mountain State Park opens the mountain’s 2,456-acre backcountry to spectacular hiking and backpacking opportunities. The park is known for some of the South’s most challenging terrain. Visitors seeking further information should visit the park webpage at or call the park at 828-963-9522.  

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 250,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19.8 million visitors annually.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
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