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Current Trail Closure Status: 5/24/2019   

STATUS HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE SUMMER 2018

CLOSED: 
Nuwati
and Cragway trails remain closed from storm and flood damage.
Closure includes ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge
Boone Fork footbridge, which connects the Boone Fork parking area with Tanawha and Daniel Boone Scout trails, remains closed due to structural damage from flooding. This bridge is on National Park Service property and a date for repairs has not been provided. Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail by parking at the Boulder Field parking area and hiking north on the Tanawha Trail 2.8 miles. Your cooperation is appreciated.

OPENING DATE CANNOT BE ESTIMATED AT THIS TIME

Campers must register at Profile Trailhead regardless of where your hike begins.

Contact us for more information:
(828) 963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov
www.facebook.com/grandfathermountainstatepark

 Last updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019

Changes to Camping Fees and Reservations   

Grandfather Mountain State Park is initiating campsite fees and campsite reservation requirements for all our campsites beginning June 1, 2019.  All campers will be required to reserve their campsite in advance by calling 1.877.722.6762 or going to the Reserve America Reservation System at www.reserveamerica.com.  Park staff strongly recommends making reservations in advance, as cell service at the trailheads is not reliable and visitors may not be able to connect with Reserve America at the trailheads.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019

Trails

Grandfather Mountain State Park offers more than 12 miles of trails lacing 2,456 acres along the mountain's ridgeline and its highest point at Calloway Peak. The trails offer magnificent scenery from rock outcrops and quiet forested coves near the mountain's crest. Permits are required.

Most of these trails are challenging; steep, rocky terrain can make progress slow at times. Hikers must use the trails' ladders and cables in some of the steeper sections. Be aware that hiking to the ridge area and back from the low-elevation trailheads may take a full day. Plan for enough time to get back to your vehicle before dark. And, wear proper clothing and carry adequate equipment.

Grandfather Mountain attraction employees and state park rangers patrol trails on a routine basis to offer help and directions, check for permits and monitor use of the backcountry.

 


Black Rock Trail
Location: (GPS: 36.095595, -81.828517) Hikers can access the Black Rock Trail from the Black Rock Parking Lot inside the private Grandfather Mountain attraction.

Description:

From the attraction's Black Rock parking lot, the Black Rock Trail slopes out gradually to a wide-angle view of the swinging bridge, MacRae and Attic Window peaks as well as Beacon Heights and Grandmother Mountain to the southwest. To reach these view points at the end of the trail, hikers must climb a ladder and cable up the rock. This trail rambles through northern hardwood and spruce forests. Hikers return to the parking lot via the same trail.


Surface: natural surface, ladders

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
Gold Circle

Cragway Trail
Location: (GPS: 36.118197, -81.790846 at Nuwati Trail) (GPS: 36.111684, -81.794004 at DBS Trail) The Cragway Trail is a connector trail between the Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout Trails.

Description:

A steep, strenuous hike with grand vistas. Boulders and crags offer elevated views of the Boone Fork area and Calloway Peak. This trail links Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout trails, making a nice loop hike passing through rhododendron and blueberry thickets. Due to the narrow, steep terrain, this trail is not recommended for dogs.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
Orange Circle

Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Location: (GPS: 36.113793,-81.780963) Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail from the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milemarker 299.9). From the parking lot, follow the Tanawha Trail for 0.6 miles to the Daniel Boone Scout Trailhead.

Description:

Ascending about 2,000 feet over three miles, this hike begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail and climbs to Calloway Peak, at 5,946 feet, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Range. About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. The upper half of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is rough going but spiced with exquisite views, including one of Price Park and one of the Linn Cove Viaduct. Near Calloway Peak, in-place ladders and cables help hikers through steep sections. The upper portion of this trail is not recommended for pets.


Surface: natural surface, ladders

Length:
3.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
White Diamond

Grandfather Extension Trail
Location: Connects Grandfather Trail and Black Rock Trail (GPS: 36.095498, -81.828862)

Description:

This trail begins in the Black Rock Parking lot and ends at the Grandfather Trail, below a grand view of MacRae Peak. Connecting this trail with the Grandfather and Bridge trails creates a loop. Not recommended for pets.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
Red Diamond

Grandfather Trail
Location: Ridgeline - running between Calloway Peak and the private Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge parking lot.

Description:

(Elevation gain and loss over 2.4 miles is roughly 1,872 feet.) The Grandfather Trail runs the length of the summit ridge from the Grandfather Mountain attraction to Calloway Peak. It offers astonishing variety, running in and out of wind-dwarfed spruce and fir, across or around rock walls and pinnacles and into open spaces with mountain views in every direction. It was along this trail two centuries ago that explorer/botanist Andre Michaux broke into song thinking he had arrived at the high point of North America. The pace is often slow. There are chutes where progress is hand-over-hand and extra steep sections where hikers use in-place cables and ladders. An alternative to taking the ladders up MacRae Peak is to opt for the more sheltered Underwood Trail. Not recommended for children, inexperienced hikers, or pets.


Surface: natural surface, ladders

Length:
2.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
advanced
Blaze:
Blue Diamond

9872 N.C. 105 S.
Suite #6
Banner Elk, NC 28604

828-963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.111200, -81.811140

 

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, May, September, October: 8am - 8pm
June, July, August: 8am - 9pm

To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis; however, they may close due to weather conditions.

OFFICE HOURS:  The state park office is open Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. You may contact our office during business hours or after hours; leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646