The Chestnut Knob trail is a moderately strenuous out and back trail. This trail is listed as 2.3 miles each way. My chestnut knob track took me 4.1 miles to the top and back down. The hike is a steady uphill with a few areas leveling off all the way to the top, coming back is a bit quicker since it is downhill the entire way. There are 2 overlooks that you can take advantage of. The first one will give you a great view of the High Shoals falls. The second one is the Chestnut Knob Overlook which gives you a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
Park in the last parking lot and take the trail that goes past the public restrooms. The trailhead is off of the high shoals loop trail. There is a well marked sign announcing the trail. The trail starts with some natural stone steps. It is a strenuous trail, but not as steep as the high shoals loop trail. All along the trail you will see evidence of past fires on South mountains. As of October 31, 2020, there is a lot of trees down across the trail which will require you to go around or over and under the trees. Also moving through the trees will require you to have good footwear. Both overlooks are well worth the trip. Great hike for dogs as well.
Children may struggle on the trail until the trees are cleared.
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