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Was apprehensive but the most fun and rewRding trail. Beautiful views. Very technical. Must be comfortable with heights and climbing ladders

This trail is so much fun. We didn't investigate it before taking it on with our 4 kids. Probably would not have taken them on this until they were older. Dangerous for younger kids. I definitely recommend it for older kids and active adults. Exhilarating.

Fairly easy loop with a interesting cave you can go into. If you're in the area it might be worth the hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice trail all the signs was in good condition and you could tell where you was at. Got to stand in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia all at the same time. The view was great.

It’s tougher than I thought! But also great! The cave was very interesting!

Absolutely amazing. Some parts are hard especially if caught in the rain. But well worth the view.

scenic driving
22 days ago

My favorite trail in the mountains!

hiking
27 days ago

I've hiked this trail twice now and it's probably my favorite on the east coast. It's definitely not for the inexperienced or out of shape, but the grueling path is more than worth it. The MacRae Peak path features stunning view after stunning view. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to take them all in and enjoy the fantastic vistas in all directions. The ladder climbs and rock scrambles can be nerve-racking but are a lot of fun at the same time. I took the Underwood Trail on the way back down which is a bit less strenuous and having gravity on your side makes the going a bit easier. It's easy to see pictures and hear from others about the sights along the way, but one thing you have to experience firsthand is the smells on the trail. You're hiking in a mostly alpine environment and the conifers give a refreshing piney scent for almost the whole way; it's like walking through a christmas tree farm.

An exciting hike! We went in November and the path was so icy we almost turned around a few times. The views were worth it! We took grandfather trail up and Underwood back down, made for a great loop!

Sand cave was really neat. White rocks were OK but had a nice view from the top. A decent hike.

This is one of my top 5 hikes of all time. It's dog-friendly and has cool, unique features. We went up to White Rocks first and spent some time relaxing and enjoying the view. Then we hiked down to Sand Cave and back to the car. It's not an easy hike, but the payoff makes it more than worth it.

absolutely beautiful trail. overnight tent camping at the top. make sure you wear good hiking shoes or boots the trail can get slippery. HIKE THIS TRAIL you won't regret it.

Hands down the most fun trail I have ever hiked! Extremely strenuous, so be careful. My only problem is I hate that you have to pay so much to get to the main trailhead. You can access it from the parkway, but it becomes a pretty long day hike.

Beautiful narrow, rocky, root-filled path. We hiked on Nov. 1 and the colors were spectacular as was the view of the river. Path was easy to follow even though there were some overgrown sections. The view of the railroad tracks traversing the river was a very nice sight.

1 month ago

Nice hike, amazing views!

Lots of fun. Very well marked and the ladders are a blast. The view from the top of McRae is fabulous. We went up the Grandfather trail and back down Underwood. Underwood is much more in the woods and bit more rocky/rooty. You get much better vistas from Grandfather trail, though it was fun doing both of them. The trail past McRae peak is a less travelled, as many seem to turn around at McCrae.

Outstanding ride...

Great family ride.

This is my favorite trail. It is a bit treacherous, especially for an old guy like me. I don’t go on it after heavy rain as it is slippery and mistakes could be costly. But it is beautiful and dramatic and fun.

The views were nice but we didn't realize that it would be $20 PER PERSON to get in! Only go if you're planning on doing something else within the park or if you have accessibility issues (you can drive straight to the bridge and there's an elevator to circumvent the stairs). You can get views that are just as nice for free.

this is a tough trail. the final destinations were beautiful though. the waterfall was flowing nicely at the sand cave, the view from the overlook was beautiful. the distances were way off though according to our fitbit. We done the entire loop, with no shortcuts, & it was close to 12 miles & took us about 7 hours. definitely a workout on the legs.

brought my 12, 8, and 5 yr old. we got all the way to the summit. amazing. worth it.

Fun, beautiful and moderately challenging trail. Highly suggest this one! Add a little length and go to Calloway Peak! One of my favorites.

Amazing hike! Best yet in north Carolina. Lots of ladders and hard uphills. I’m not sure going all the way to callaway peak was worth it if your in it for the views, the first peak was beautiful and stayed beautiful to the callaway peak but didn’t change. About 4-4.5 hours out and back. 40$ to get into the park for 2 people.

Good trail. Good signs. Hung a hammock in the pavilion and was able to hang in three states at the same time. Pretty neat! We’ll be back.

This is a difficult hike. Most of the uphills are in one big stretch. Though you have to walk on a road for about a mile, it really feels like you’re in nature.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great little trail. As has been hinted in other reviews, there are parts of this climb that might not feel "easy," but it is in truth not that difficult either. The views are well worth it, and it's pretty unique to be able to hike in three states on the same short hike. The NPS has put a lot of work into this park and there are numerous historic and interpretive signs on the trail. This makes it fun and educational for kids and adults alike!

OMG
Truly omg! There’s a fee but go ahead bite that bullet! There’s an animal sanctuary, a museum, an amazing gift shop, the mile high swinging bridge( it really swings) and loads of trails! Oh did I mention a portion of Forest Gump was filmed here! Plus it’s Grandfather Mountain! Just do it!

This trail is breathtaking. We did it on a cool, drizzly day and it was still tons of fun. Highly recommend dropping your party at Whitetop, driving to Damascus and then taking the shuttle back to Whitetop before starting down as the shuttles tend to stop in the early afternoon. Hubs did the trip on his road bike and doesn’t recommend it unless you’re an extremely experienced cyclist.

Also, if you’re considering doing it in less than ideal weather I’d caution anyone who isn’t absolutely confident on their bike. There are spots of mud that get slick and the bridges are extremely slick when wet.

Not a easy hike, i hike a lot and would consider it closer to hard than moderate.
Trail is steep most of the way and rocky.
I do suggest using the short cut on way back. We went to Sand Cave first then went to White rock and back via short cut. Shaves about hour or more off hike.
We did a lot of walking around at overlook, which was amazing.
Took us 5 hours and we clocked 11.2 miles. I’d do it again for sure

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