Grandfather Mountain Trail

HARD 204 reviews
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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 is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1722 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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wild flowers

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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. 20$ per person to access trail via park

1 day ago

Great views from the top! Try out the ladder system!

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Lots of ladders and being on the edge so if your afraid of heights STAY AWAY, can get slippery on the rocks so wear shoes/boots with good grip. I didn’t wear boots and I didn’t feel I needed to. Amazing view, getting to the peak feels amazing. TL;DR Hard Hike, Highly Recommend

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12 days ago

The hike from the profile trail to the suspended bridge is one of my favorite trails in NC. Amazing views, especially when the leaves change.

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15 days ago

I did it a week ago from profile to Calloway to swinging bridge and the view are absolutely amazing! HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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19 days ago

Incredibly rewarding hike! Can get very strenuous at parts but the views are absolutely breathtaking. I would say that good hiking boots, water, and food are necessities.

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23 days ago

Hiked from Boone Forks Parking area to Calloway Peak via the Daniel Boone Scout Trail then proceeded on the Grandfather Mtn Trail to Indian House Cave. GMT is a tough trail but very enjoyable for an old man. They need to splurge a little more a can of blue paint for better markings. Sometimes its like, where in the blue blazes am I

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