GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN TRAILS

Grandfather Mountain, one of the tallest and most rugged in the Eastern United States, is crisscrossed with well maintained trails, most of them for experienced hikers. Some lead into Grandfather's deep woods, but most scale cliffs that can sometimes be dizzying in height.

Permits are required for off-mountain trail access. Hiking on these trails can be strenuous and dangerous. With the exception of the Parkside trails, Grandfather Mountain is for experienced hikers only!

Bridge Trail: This trail winds through rhododendron and switches back and forth in a moderate 0.4 mile climb to the Swinging Bridge.

Black Rock Nature Trail: This self-guided nature trail begins in the parking lot just below Grandfather's Swinging Bridge and
is good for beginning hikers. It's a 1.0 mile turn-around through the forests of this majestic mountain. Offers an excellent view.

Grandfather Trail: This trail begins at Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge and rewards hikers with some of the best views in the North Carolina mountains. The entire trail eventually hits all of Grandfather's three highest peaks. It's extremely rugged, with only wooden ladders making some sheer cliff faces accessible.
 
 

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