Grandfather Mountain State Park
Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Calloway Peak is 5,946 feet high. Grandfather Mountain State Park has a number of attractions and is one of the most popular tourist destinations during the fall months to watch the leaves change. There are a number of trails throughout the park but most require a permit to hike. There is only one trial to the summit that is a free trail. The Profile Trail is on the western side of the mountain and will take you to the top of Calloway Peak. There are some other lower trails that do not require a permit but all of the eastern summit trails and the ridge trails do require you to have a permit. You can attain a permit and the main entrance to the park.
There are a number of designated back-country sites that you can camp at on the eastern side of the mountain and all of the sites will require you to have a permit to camp at. You can also drive to the top of the mountain and cross the highest swinging suspension bridge in the United States. You can access the ridge trail from this same parking lot. There is a wildlife refuge at the top of the mountain as well. There are plenty of things to do for all ages and to some is the crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
To see a 3-D interactive map of Grandfather Mountain, please load the Master Google File on the left side.
Grandfather Mountain Biosphere
From Boone: Take NC 105 S, take left on US 221 N for 2.1 miles, arrive at the Front Gate to Grandfather Mountain.
Year Around, Facilities are Seasonal
There is a $20.00 fee for use of all trails and activities except for the Profile Trail off of NC 105, this trail is free.
Required for all trails, camping, and activities except for the Profile Trail
3,900 feet - 5,946 feet
Allowed, must be on leash
Other Trails Not Listed
Black Rock Trail
Page Created By: John Ostrander
Pictures Taken By: Amanda Tsiukes
Grandfather Mountain Quadrant
USGS Topo Map
Pink Catawba Rhododendron
Linville Viaduct in Autumn.
You can use this interactive map to find directions to the trail in the park you are looking to hike, or to help plan your trip.
For Driving Directions: Please click on the "hiker man" and then click on the arrow in the bottom right corner. You will then be redirected to Google Maps where you can type in your home address.
High Country Trails