Grandfather Trail

Upper mountain ridge trail of great variety - spruce/fir forest, mountain, open space. Cables and ladders for steep sections.

photo: Ladders climbing up to MacRae Peak. Photo by John Caveny.


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambasssaror on 07/08/2018.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? $20.00
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Grandfather Mountain State Park
State(s): North Carolina
Counties:
Latitude: 36.096064
Longitude
: -81.831842

Enter Grandfather mountain at the gate on US Hwy 221 Drive to Black Rock parking area to access trail.

Description

Upper mountain ridge trail of great variety - spruce/fir forest, mountain, open space. Cables and ladders for steep sections. Two centuries ago explorer/botanist Andre Michaux thought that he had arrived at the high point of North America here.

Camping: Backpack in, primitive, campsites are available with access only from Grandfather Mountain State Park property (828-963-9522). Campers cannot leave vehicles on Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation property overnight.

Entry fee: Yes, $20 per adult/$9 per child to enter Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation park. Access is free from Grandfather Mountain State Park

NOTE: Hiking permits are required to hike trails.

Hiking trails close at different designated times throughout the year. Hikers have to return to their vehicles by the trail closure time or a search will be started for the hikers.

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 958 feet

Year Designated:
1982

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

John Caveny
Natural Resource Management Specialist
Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
PO Box 129
Linville , NC 28646
(828) 773-0833
jcaveny@grandfather.com
http://grandfather.com

 

Photos

Grandfather Trail trailhead. Photo by John Caveny.

Grandfather Trail trailhead. Photo by John Caveny.

Ladders climbing up to MacRae Peak. Photo by John Caveny.

Ladders climbing up to MacRae Peak. Photo by John Caveny.

 

The Chute going up to Attic Window Peak. Photo by John Caveny.

The Chute going up to Attic Window Peak. Photo by John Caveny.

View from Calloway Peak. Photo by John Caveny.

View from Calloway Peak. Photo by John Caveny.

 

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