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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Amazing hike. Did this with a big dog and 3 kids. Hikers NEED to be aware of ladders and ice conditions in the winter months. We left from the profile trail head and there were no warnings of snow or ice. It also says that dogs are allowed but it is NOT a good idea as several of the ladders are very difficult with your pooch. Great hike if you have all the info.
We went all the to Calloway and Profile, they were good views. It's blazing hot during the Summer. there are a series of ladders and ledges, be careful. Not for anyone afraid of heights. Also, that $20 other reviewers mentioned.
beautiful views and rock formations
views was amazing.the ladders up the aide of the cliffs was by far my favorite amazing view and a good rush climbing them.o reason im giving it 4 starts instead of 5 is the swinging bridge was a little disappointing not what i thought plus its not 20 dollar's to park its 20 dollars a person but for me well worth it
Not a bad hike overall. A ton more people there during winter than I thought. Took about 3 from the bridge to one of the peaks and an hour back.
Just make sure to show up Early cause you have to be back at your car by 4pm.
If you don't mind spending the $20 per person entrance fee that lets you drive to the top and park at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, then that is the best way to make the most out of your day hike. The Grandfather Mountain trail head is right next to that parking lot, and if you are physically fit and get an early start, then you should have enough time to hike all three of the ridge line peaks, Macrae, Attic Window, and Calloway, if you want, in a round trip in about 5-8 hours. Make sure that you sign in at the gift shop for safety reasons, so that they know that you are hiking and not just hanging out at the bridge area and gift shop like the majority of the visitors do.
There are quite a few trails connected to grandfather mountain, but the main attraction is without a doubt the bridge that sits perfectly nestled one mile up in the trees. The view is absolutely spectacular and left me speechless. I definitely recommend this roadside attraction. P.S Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak across the Blue Ridge Mountain range so if you do have a fear of heights, GET OVER IT and check this beauty out anyways!
This area has many trails. I have been back many times.
Have been able to hike multiple times on each.
Showed up around 2 pm wasn't able to do the whole trail. But defiantly going back to do the whole trail. Make sure you give your self time to get into the park as well, cost $20 pp.
Great trail. Very challenging trail.
Second time hiking this, brought my girlfriend this time and it was just amazing!! The views are incredible, and it was a foggy day, BUT on the mountain we were above the fog, so it literally looked like we were above the clouds! Was Epic!! Love this trail!
what an awesome place
This is a really fun trail. My 7 year old twins loved the ladders. It was the best part of the trip for them. There are many great views.
Very hard but the views are very rewarding. If you can do 1 mile per hour on this trail, you are doing well. Ladders are a bit daunting but still pretty fun.
Awesome trail and amazing views! Was difficult but definitely worth it!