Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Grandfather Mountain’s public image has evolved over the years. Once almost exclusively seen as a tourist attraction owned by noted North Carolinian Hugh Morton, Grandfather has become synonymous with its spectacular backcountry. The Mile-High Swinging Bridge is still a popular attraction reached by car, but there have been plenty of changes since Morton passed away in 2006. The bulk of the mountain became a North Carolina state park in 2008, and tourist development transitioned to a nonprofit stewardship foundation run by Morton’s heirs in 2009.
The mountain’s now publicly owned highest peaks are laced with a wonderful network of trails that tower over the attraction. The once-ignored backcountry hiking network experienced a renaissance in the late 1970s, when a fee- based hiking program reclaimed the trails that had been closed after a hiker died of hypothermia. Over the years, the pay-for-use trail system became an innovative example of wilderness management, and hiking emerged as a part of the Grandfather Mountain experience. Descriptions of the following trails are included: Tanawha Trail and Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak; Grandfather Trail; Profile Trail."