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."