Grandfather Mountain's stone profile faces have long gazed out over the ancient Appalachians, earning the acclimation of explorers and botanists alike as the apex of the Blue Ridge in granduer and ecological diversity. Towering nearly a vertical mile over the Piedmont, Grandfather has been recognized for centuries as a sentinel summit. In 1794, the mountain's dramatic views convinced the Botanist Andre Michaux that he'd climbed "the highest peak in all North America." From alpine-like vegetation and vistas on the highest peaks, to cascading streams far down in the foothills, more than a dozen distinct ecological zones stretch across the landscape. Seventy-plus species of rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals populate this rugged mountain, making it one of the East's most significant peaks; a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The park is known for some of the South's most severe weather and challenging hiking trails. Be prepared—at times, hikers climb ladders up cliffs. Nature lovers and hikers alike find Grandfather Mountain to be a special, indeed globally significant place to encounter the outdoors.

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20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Moderately difficult average trail

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful, intense trail. Another one of my favorites in the area!

Nice little trail. Rocky and muddy in spots as other reviewers mentioned, but nice. True, there isn't much to see along the way, but the view from the rock is nice. We hiked on a Saturday and the trail want very crowded at all, which was nice compared to crowds at the bridge above. Worth the time it took.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with lots of interesting features. view from the top is spectacular. Lovely Rhododendron creates a canopy over the trail for 1/4 mile. Lots of mountain streams. Highly recommended!

Fun family hike lots of rocks

Really nice trail, well maintained with beautiful flowing water all over. My dog and I loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fun time! Good views! Worth it to go check out storyteller rock and relatively easy hike up until then.

went on a Sunday, the linville cove visitors center and parking area were closed. stopped at the yonaholasee overlook just before the viaduct and had to go under and off the path to find the trail. good views of the viaduct with pretty waterfalls and small bridge, rest of the trail wooded rocky path with not much else to look at

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Awesome hike!

on Nuwati Trail

3 months ago

Fun little adventure right under a marvel of engineering.

Rocky and muddy in spots. Definitely a moderate rating. Loved it.

3 months ago

Fairly easy trail, you can run all the way down on the descent. When you get to storytellers you'll see some kick ass panoramic views.

Loved it! Fun 2 day adventure. Feeling very sore after! Beautiful and unique scenery. Highly underrated trail. Saw a lot of people near the viaduct and rough ridge but didn't see really anyone after those parts. Will do again!

had to improvise due to Visitor Center being closed. However in the snow we walk down from the bottom of the aqueduct and Hike the trail just moving our way around to get to the trail and our five year old did great.