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Most amazing view I’ve seen on the East Coast.

Had a great day on this trail. Not too long not too hard and great pay off with a beautiful view at the end.

Great hike. Better views.

Included in my first hike up the mountain. Started at Profile Trail and then journeyed down this one after Calloway Peak. Definitely much more difficult than the walk from the parking garage to the office. Do not attempt if you are overweight, have knee problems, or back issues.

We almost made it to the summit. We are experienced hikers but some rocks were covered with ice right at the .2 mile mark so we had to turn around. It was a challenging hike and worth it

My boys and I had an awesome time on this hike. Beautiful from start to finish. Pretty strenuous but not terrible (and I’m not an avid hiker). Will definitely do this again.

do NOT pass up the opportunity to do this hike. i hike a lot and have a decent peak bagging list and this is by far one of my favorites. the views of the gorge are phenomenal. take a map and compass and check out the countless peaks which are visible from the summit

Very nice hike and perfect weather. This isn't a difficult trail and it has 360 degree views. You can see to the Black Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, and all kinds of views. The climb is a little rocky but very manageable for most people and kids.

One of my favorite hikes in Boone. The view at the top is fantastic!!

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9 days ago

Amazing view. We took Kistlers memorial highway from the Linville Falls entrance and followed the signs. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to spectacular cliff views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting bear.

by far one of the most difficult and challenging hikes I've done. this is not for inexperienced hikers, start early and bring plenty of water and food.

i spent 2 month hiking spet and oct 2017 and seeing sites on and all round the skline and parkway and through 6 southern states and this little trail gives you some on the most incredible views i had seen during my trip. i know some people need to hike miles and miles to be satisfied but they won't see views like this. if you are anywhere near here (even if you have to drive a few hours) i promise you won't be sorry.

What an adventure! We started at Mile High Bridge parking area and took Grandfather trail up to Calloway Peak. Returned via Underwood. Ladders and cables were a challenge but worth it! McRae Peak was the best view.

15 days ago

a little scary with the strong wind but I suppose it made the trip more fun in a sense. amazing views for such a short hike

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely amazing views 360 when you get to the top. It’s quite windy so use caution. We sat at the top to enjoy a snack before coming back down. It does get steep at the top so I’d rate it as moderate.

Moderate trail, worth the view at the end.

amazing time. did the ladders and cables up, took Underwood trail back. would do it again 10/10

Great views & trails! Only setback was we didn’t realize Black Rock was inside the grandfather mountain park & had to pay $20 each to hike. Other than that, we had a great time!

hiking
18 days ago

Pretty easy and very well marked and maintained.

Wonderful views at the top!

hiking
19 days ago

Wonderful views throughout this rocky trail. Trail is highlighted by boardwalks that have been built at various locations to protect delicate wildlife while also providing stunning views.

The sign at the start says 1.9 miles to summit, I’d estimate that it’s more like 4 1/2 miles. 1.9 is maybe the service road mileage. Great trail and beautiful view but we had a five mile hike just the day before and were on our way home and thought this would be easy, it wasn’t at all. Fun though.

hiking
20 days ago

We are new to bigger hikes so this was a tough one going up for us. It was a bit icy and super muddy (March 30) not very busy and our dogs did well. It was worth it for the view- there are two, check them both out!

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike overall. There were 2 parts that were a left or right decision. Both we took were left and lead us right where we needed to go. The top part is STEEP and I mean steep, but the view is so worth it all. I would definitely go back and do it again. It was very windy on the top of the mountain and was colder than the bottom. I’d recommend a little jacket.

What a great hike .. can't wait to go back and hike another trail

Great technical run up to an amazing panoramic view of the mountain range including the Linn Cove Viaduct. not a difficult ascent but watch your footing. lots of rocks and roots. Totally worth the effort. take the trail the other direction to an amazing bridge over a waterfall. getting there is a few miles though.

One of best trails close to Morganton NC

Awesome trail with even better views, got steeper near the top but wasn’t that bad. Accidentally came to a fork in the trail, after you stay left, and went the wrong way trekking down the mountainside, so don’t do that because it’s fairly steep. Short hike I’d give it a moderate rating.

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