Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 2999-3051

Linville, North Carolina 28646

Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 2999-3051

Grandfather Mountain-Mileposts 299.9-305.1 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, 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 owner Hugh Morton passed away in 2006.

Morton’s heirs sold the backcountry as a North Carolina state park in 2009, and tourist development transitioned to a nonprofit stewardship foundation. 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 deteriorating 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 grew as a part of the Grandfather Mountain experience."

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My wife and I hiked 17 miles over Grandfather Mountain. This is some of the best hiking in N.C. and possibly the East Coast. Hiked up the Profile Trail and then along the ridge line to MacRae Peak and Callaway Peak. Then took the Daniel Boone Scout Trail down to the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there we hiked the Tanawha Trail over to Holloway Mountain Road. Absolutely beautiful!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1.8-7 miles
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Contacts
USGS Grandfather Mountain. The best map for the hike is the Grandfather Mountain attraction trail map, downloadable from the attraction website and available free at the Grandfather Mountain entrance.
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