Explore the most popular hiking trails near Linville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This hike is very challenging, but has awesome views and is well marked.

Heading to NC in a few months, I read a posts down that the elevated portion of the trail where most photos are taken was under construction.
Can anybody add an update to if that location is open again?

Also, is there a shorter path to get to just the photo location?

Such a beautiful trail. When you combine this with the profile to calloway peak trail you have one challenging hike. Barefoot friendly but you will get some looks.
The trail itself has many challenging sections and ladders that only allow for a single person to go at a time.
Dogs would struggle with this trail

16 days ago

Super easy trail to an extremely expansive view. Multiple places to enjoy the view, more chipmunks than I could count. Pretty wildflowers. Loved it

Without a doubt worth the $20 admission fee. You get the hike, the mile high swinging bridge, and the mini zoo. Not to mention your money goes towards preserving the state park.

The views you get on this hike are truly spectacular. We went the day after it snowed and was very windy. All of the trees in the morning had an inch of snow sticking out perpendicular to the ground, made for some awesome pictures. The snow melted as the day went on which made for some muddy conditions, but overall was a very well kept trail.

My wife and I are experienced hikers and were able to complete this hike in about 5 hours. Many others we passed were well past that mark though. Thee ladders and chains make for some slow going at times, and much of the trail is stepping from rock to rock. You should absolutely take the ladders up to MacRae Peak, you are rewarded with 360 degree unobstructed views.

Just remember that this is a mountain hike where the temps will be much cooler, and that the weather can change drastically. Bring lots of water, and food for a picnic on one of the many lookouts. You will not be disappointed.

I don't write review but I think it's ridiculous people are giving one star or three star reviews because they:

A) didn't do their research
B) are too cheap to support state parks

These trails are amazing, but shouldn't be taken lightly. The park and zoo are worth $20 (if you're from the area they also have dollar days in April if you bring proof of residency)

Great short hike, conditions definitely made a big difference in how tough the trail was. My wife had a tough time with the rocks due to the water.

This is one of my favorite hikes, I've been on it a couple times! I like how it goes up and then down along the trail. I would recommend this for anyone that wants a cool view of the parkway

Giving this one a three star rating because after doing some research and learning about the $20 per person admission we decided to hike up profile trail rather than pay $100 for a day hike. The problem with this is that once you get up you have to hike the entire mountain then hike back down the profile trail in decent timing because if someone comes to pick you up they also have to pay $20. This led to a major time crunch for my group because we did not expect this trail to be as physically challenging as it was. It is a very fun trail with ladders and ropes and bouldering but it is a full day event especially if you hike the profile trail up to Grandfather. I would highly recommend doing your research before taking this mountain on.

$20 per person to get in. Ridiculous! Would never pay that!!

This hike is definitely not for those with physical impairments. I was a bit sore the next day and consider myself athletic. Climbing the boulders was the most challenging but the Views are So worth it....

Definitely the most strenuous hike I’ve ever done. Such a steep climb but definitely worth it at the end. Lots of ice when I started the dissent after MacRae Peak. The cables and ladders made it more fun and interesting too! I technically did not end up doing the Grandfather trail... Just to MacRae peek and then down around using Underwood trail.

Really enjoy this short trail, the portion that actually runs underneath the Linn Cove Viaduct is awesome! Highly recommend this trail.

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

Quick, short, and fantastic views.

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.

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.

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!

cool to do before you actually hike

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

This hike was beyond great. Not for the faint of heart or those afraid of heights, ladders or cables on the ascent or descent. One of the best trails I’ve ever done anywhere in the world. Incredible experience and amazing views

As of 03/25 the portion leading to the viaduct is currently under construction, so no way of getting up to see the views. Otherwise, really nice easy hike. Had fresh fallen snow when I went.

I’ve backpacked in the gorge probably 30 times, and this is one of my favorite trails I’ve ever done. I started at 9 am after camping near the trailhead, summited at about 2:30pm, and was at an amazing campsite on top of shortoff mtn. by 7pm. I took my time with the views and didn’t rush, also stopped for dinner on the trail. You definitely want to spend at least one night on this one- there are tons of great campsites along the whole route, and if you can catch a sunrise it will be well worth it.

Fantastic views- is definitely not for a beginner hiker though. Most of the hike involved simple rock climbing and was all roots/rocks. There are ladders scaling the mountainsides that you must climb and cables that you have to use to hoist yourself up steep rocks. WORTH IT though if you’re up for the challenge. The views are incredible.

FANTASTIC! It's not clearly marked but once you pass by the viaduct (heading south on BRP) you will almost miss the parking to the left. GET OUT and take to 5-10 minute walk and WOW... the view is fantastic.
We went on a super windy day and nearly blew off (HA).
Highly recommend but WATCH YOUR CHILDREN!

Long and at times fairly steep but well worth it. Great views!

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