Grandfather Mountain Trail

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Grandfather Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Linville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 1722 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

One of the most technical mountain hikes without climbing equipment east of the Mississippi, Grandfather Mountain trail traverses forest, exposed cliffs, rock outcroppings, ladders and attached cables to spectacular views. The trail climbs to McRae Peak, Attic's Window and the end of the trail at the top of Grandfather Calloway Peak at 5964' - the same point the Profile Trail ends. The Grandfather Trail runs the length of the summit ridge from the Grandfather Mountain attraction to Calloway Peak. It offers astonishing variety, running in and out of wind-dwarfed spruce and fir, across or around rock walls and pinnacles and into open spaces with mountain views in every direction. It was along this trail two centuries ago that explorer/botanist Andre Michaux broke into song thinking he had arrived at the high point of North America. The pace is often slow. There are chutes where progress is hand-over-hand and extra steep sections where hikers use in-place cables and ladders. An alternative to taking the ladders up MacRae Peak is to opt for the more sheltered Underwood Trail. Not recommended for children or inexperienced hikers.

24 minutes ago

views was amazing.the ladders up the aide of the cliffs was by far my favorite amazing view and a good rush climbing them.o reason im giving it 4 starts instead of 5 is the swinging bridge was a little disappointing not what i thought plus its not 20 dollar's to park its 20 dollars a person but for me well worth it

hiking
8 days ago

Not a bad hike overall. A ton more people there during winter than I thought. Took about 3 from the bridge to one of the peaks and an hour back.

Just make sure to show up Early cause you have to be back at your car by 4pm.

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't mind spending the $20 per person entrance fee that lets you drive to the top and park at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, then that is the best way to make the most out of your day hike. The Grandfather Mountain trail head is right next to that parking lot, and if you are physically fit and get an early start, then you should have enough time to hike all three of the ridge line peaks, Macrae, Attic Window, and Calloway, if you want, in a round trip in about 5-8 hours. Make sure that you sign in at the gift shop for safety reasons, so that they know that you are hiking and not just hanging out at the bridge area and gift shop like the majority of the visitors do.

scenic driving
2 months ago

There are quite a few trails connected to grandfather mountain, but the main attraction is without a doubt the bridge that sits perfectly nestled one mile up in the trees. The view is absolutely spectacular and left me speechless. I definitely recommend this roadside attraction. P.S Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak across the Blue Ridge Mountain range so if you do have a fear of heights, GET OVER IT and check this beauty out anyways!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

This area has many trails. I have been back many times.
Have been able to hike multiple times on each.
highly recommended

hiking
3 months ago

Showed up around 2 pm wasn't able to do the whole trail. But defiantly going back to do the whole trail. Make sure you give your self time to get into the park as well, cost $20 pp.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Very challenging trail.

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4 months ago

Second time hiking this, brought my girlfriend this time and it was just amazing!! The views are incredible, and it was a foggy day, BUT on the mountain we were above the fog, so it literally looked like we were above the clouds! Was Epic!! Love this trail!

4 months ago

what an awesome place

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This is a really fun trail. My 7 year old twins loved the ladders. It was the best part of the trip for them. There are many great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Very hard but the views are very rewarding. If you can do 1 mile per hour on this trail, you are doing well. Ladders are a bit daunting but still pretty fun.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail and amazing views! Was difficult but definitely worth it!

5 months ago

Amazing, great hike!!

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing, well worth the hike up! You HAVE to do this hike. Honestly breath taking