Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction

Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction

Grandfather Mountain State Park and Attraction Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Blowing Rock
Nearby City
1.8-7 miles
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Grandfather Mountain State Park: (828) 963-9522; ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/main.php; attraction: (828) 733-4337; grandfather.com
Local Contacts
USGS Grandfather Mountain. The best map for the hike is the free trail map from the Grandfather Mountain attraction.
Local Maps