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Stay on the trail. If you come to a widened trail used by a four wheeler..you passsed the turn right. Just follow the map on this app and your good! Awesome scene at the end

One of my fav hikes in North Carolina. Have done it several times and several different routes. From Profile Trail to paying at entrance. Either way, worth the time and the money. I just remind myself that the money goes towards maintaining Grandfather Mountain! So I have no problem paying the fee!

Best scenic views and quite the challenge, but worth every step!!!

Favorite Hike in NC so far! Did it early September and it was nice and cool, a little rain which helped cool us off also! Did the profile trail to the grandfather which added some mileage but didn't have to pay, and then hitchhiked back to the profile trailhead from grandfather mountain!

nice. very busy on Sunday afternoon.

A good butt kicker...still feeling it almost 2 days later....Straight up and straight back down...
I brought my 2 dogs.. make sure your dogs are athletic

Recently moved to eastern Tennessee and wanted to do a fun local day hike. This was such a good choice! Initially I was a bit disheartened at the 45 minute queue just to get into the park (it was Labor Day weekend so I wasn’t surprised) and the $40 we had to spend to gain entry, however I would still highly recommend this hike! It was definitely worth the wait and the price. The hike itself wasn’t really that difficult. You do have to be fairly fit to make it to the summit, but with the assistance of cables and ladders it was quite doable. The trail is well marked and maintained. It definitely gets your heart pumping, but at no point did I fear for my life. The first summit has a beautiful 360 view, great photo ops. A fellow hiker told us the second peak wasn’t much different but we continued on anyway. I’m glad we did because the views are even more breathtaking and the photo ops there are bomb. There are rock climbing elements all the way up and lots of fun ledges to dangle your feet off of if you’re brave enough!

Love this trail. It’s like stepping into an other-worldly movie set when you leave the picnic area at Mount Mitchell. I hiked out to Mount Craig and back. I’ve done it twice.

Strenuous, fantastic views

If you like Chutes & Ladders and a little boulder hopping this is your kinda hike. Amazing vistas and a great cardio workout. It’s my fav❗️

Challenging trail, lots of rocks and roots. We got to Mount Mitchell and the observation deck but it was too cloudy to see anything! Then it started raining. Check the weather carefully before you start this hike!

25 days ago

The waterfall is gorgeous. It’s right beside the road. There are stairs to climb down to it. We got in the water. Always crowded so go early or during the week.

Truly difficult but so worth it. The views were amazing and the cardio workout even better! Wear those hiking boots, for sure!!!

1 month ago

Wow what an amazing hike! It’s truly beautiful. It’s kinda crazy they consider it moderate though! We swam in the river once we got to the bottom which was very refreshing! Climbing back out of the gorge gets intense!! 1700ft in that distance is no joke, but I’d do it again!

one of my favorite, favorite hiking trails. this trail is moderate, but that depends on what type of shape your in. there a lot of stepping up (onto rocks), and also stairs to climb up. i did not make it to peak because i have a slight fear of heights but you get an awesome view non stop. it really is one of the most rewarding hikes i have been on yet! just a bit scary at the very peak.

Not a very well marked or maintained trail. I would not recommend.

Overgrown a bit today. Sometimes hard to track the trail. Definitely hard hike, not moderate. Hiking poles helped a ton. I tracked about 12 miles total, not 9.7. Views and camp sites decent.

Amazing hike, we hiked it on a rainy day but it was still a great time. I highly recommend for everyone!

Beautiful waterfall, really crowded - get there early and hike the Moore Cove Falls Trail right after.

I’m not exactly sure why this trail is listed as moderate. This is a difficult trail and not for the beginner or unprepared. Tracking poles are highly recommended. However, it is very rewarding with incredible views. We took rock jock first and ended up coming up pinch in. Pinch in is rocky and straight up with no breaks or switch backs. Overall, the trail is rocky with lots of small creek crossings (most likely runoff from all the rain we had). Based on our recording it was about 10.5 miles but idk if you can ask for much better views of the gorge than with this trail. Awesome.

1 month ago

Not for the newbie hiker. Very scenic. Did this loop twice loved it. Rock jock trial travels along the edge of the gorge then descends down to the river were there are lots of campsites. Trail continues along river very scenic views of the gorge. Next the trail heads back out of the gorge on a trail called pitch With a very steep accent up. Make sure you have trail runners or boots for this one lots of loose gravel.

Moderately difficult trail mainly due to wash out along the trail. Views at the end were great. Hiked early on a Saturday morning and only saw 2 other groups. Very limited parking at the trail head (maybe 4-5 spots). Trail forks near the end, stay left. Enjoyed the hike but will explore other trails in the area next time

Parking can be challenging. No real hike and very crowded, but a nice waterfall since WNC has had about 4 inches of rain the week before.

Very well-maintained and challenging trail. We (three 50+ year-old ladies) hiked GFM Trail yesterday; started at the parking lot for the swinging bridge, climbed to McCraes Peak, then on the advice of other hikers took Underwood Trail back to GFM Trail to return to our car. We are regular exercisers who are training for a Grand Canyon hike in October, and only hike occasionally. Although challenging mentally and physically (we climbed 10 ladders total, I believe, and relied on cables to pull ourselves along a few slippery spots), we had good hiking shoes with good tread (essential), plenty of water and comfortable backpacks. Conditions were very wet yesterday and a thunderstorm was predicted in the afternoon. We had intended to climb to Calloway Peak but decided to shorten our hike due to the storm. The trail took much longer than we expected, since rocks were slippery. Took us 4 hours. We will be back to accomplish this one in better conditions! Be prepared to pay $20 per person (ouch!) to enter the park on the side where the swinging bridge is, otherwise do the Profile trail to park for free (a longer hike). I think there were 7 or 8 ladders going up the way we did, but only 2 going down since we used Underwood Trail to return. Best hike yet and amazing views!

I only spent 3 months living in North Carolina, but as a native westerner, I was impressed at the natural terrain I found in this part of the Appalachians. Grandfather mountain comes close, in a few ways , to the foothill type peaks I have around my home in North Idaho, but with even more lush and green scenery surrounding it. Being very developed, the trail head is easy to find, and the main challenges are steepness of the ascent and (certain times of year) slippery rocks and exposed roots. This is not a trail area for out of shape people, but with proper pacing, it can be done. Prepare for some scrambling in sections, but a benefit is that there are many potential view points once you get up top. In September, when I visited, it was misty and moist, but not cold, which made for some great hiking weather, but less than ideal under foot conditions. Heartily reccomend this trail.

Wow! My husband and I hiked this trail today. We knew it would be good but we didn’t know it would be as beautiful as it was! It’s hard and takes time but it’s so worth it!! Wear good hiking shoes and bring water.

1 month ago

very very hard high scary but worth the views

You get a little bit of everything with this hike. Views, bouldering, and a great workout. Took us a little under 5 hours with plenty of stops to sit and look out at the scenery. Be ready for ladders.

Not really a trail but a nice waterfall.

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