On top of Graybeard Mountain, you'll have views of ridges upon ridges to Mt. Mitchell with little evidence of human presence except for this shelter.
On the Graybeard Trail [blue diamond], you’ll cross and recross Flat Creek to reach the Old Mitchell Toll Road [unblazed]. Once on the Old Mitchell Toll Road, you can see that it was once a one-way road. It is still a road, since you’ll pass two cabins.
Cutting west on the Old Trestle Road [unblazed] back to the Graybeard Trail, you’ll climb up to Graybeard Mountain with good views of the surrounding northern ridges. On the way down, take the Walker’s Knob Trail [Orange] to Walker’s Knob for outstanding views. Then return on the Graybeard Trail.
Length: 8.0 miles
Altitude gain: 2,180 feet
Map: Montreat Map available at the Montreat Bookshop
Trailhead: Take I-40 to exit 64, Black Mountain . Take NC 9 north and go through Black Mountain. Continue on NC 9 to the Montreat gates on Assembly Drive. Go up Graybeard Trail Road to the end of the road and park opposite the Walker C. Jones Sanctuary.