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Recommended Routes in Grandfather - 5

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Favorite Looking out near McRae Peak.
Difficult Difficult

Peaks of Grandfather Mountain

9.1 mi 14.6 km 2,827' Up 861.65 m Up 2,827' Down 861.62 m Down

Banner Elk, NC
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Favorite Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Rough Ridge

1.1 mi 1.8 km 337' Up 102.65 m Up 336' Down 102.42 m Down

Foscoe, NC
Explore in 3D
Favorite Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
Difficult Difficult

Tanawha Trail

13.3 mi 21.3 km 1,131' Up 344.84 m Up 1,956' Down 596.12 m Down

Linville, NC
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Favorite Looking out near McRae Peak.
Difficult Difficult

MacRae Peak Out and Back

1.8 mi 2.9 km 697' Up 212.45 m Up 697' Down 212.56 m Down

Linville, NC
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Grandfather Hiking

  • 108 Miles 173 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 9 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 9 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Grandfather - 13

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3.5 mi 5.7 km #1Profile Trail
Difficult Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 35 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #2Grandfather Trail
Difficult Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult Difficult
Linville, NC 31 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #3Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Difficult Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult Difficult
Foscoe, NC 15 
88.3 mi 142.1 km #4Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 5
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
0.8 mi 1.3 km #5Cragway Trail
Difficult Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult Difficult
Foscoe, NC 11 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #6Black Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
0.5 mi 0.8 km #7Underwood Trail
Difficult Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult Difficult
Linville, NC
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Profile Connector Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Banner Elk, NC
Intermediate Intermediate
Banner Elk, NC
0.4 mi 0.6 km #9Bridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Nuwati Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Foscoe, NC
Intermediate Intermediate
Foscoe, NC 10 
6.3 mi 10.2 km #11Wilson Creek Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Linville, NC
Intermediate Intermediate
Linville, NC

Photos of Grandfather - 36

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Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
Mar 25, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Looking out onto the high country from one of many ladders on the trail.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
Looking out near McRae Peak.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
A rewarding, expansive view along the Underwood Trail.
Aug 1, 2017 near Linville, NC
The beautiful view right after we climbed the final ladder!! Was a bit challenging trying to overcome my fear of heights but was definitely worth the views
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC
Climbing back down the ladders and Cliffside...
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC
Outcrop for a viewing and rest midway up.
Jul 22, 2020 near Linville, NC
Chutes & Ladders
Apr 1, 2023 near Linville, NC
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