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Grandfather Mountain State Park

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Camping & Lodging

Plenty of reasonably priced places to stay if you aren't camping. Things tend to get pricier the closer you get to Boone or Blowing Rock.

Food & Drink

If you get near Blowing Rock and want some really good eats and a great atmosphere, try "Eating in the Rough" at Woodlands BBQ. Best eats around at a great price. There are plenty of more expensive places but it has great eating and lots of ordinary folks.

If you want a decent steak or Ribs instead, then Outback is next door.

Recommended Routes in Grandfather Mountain State Park - 3

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Favorite Looking out near McRae Peak.
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
Favorite Interesting rock formation next to the boardwalk protecting the delicate ecosystems on top of the ridge.
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
Favorite Looking out near McRae Peak.
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

Grandfather Mountain State Park Hiking

  • 50 Miles 80 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 5 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park - 7

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3.5 mi 5.7 km #1Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 30 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #2Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC 19 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #3Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult
Foscoe, NC 12 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #4Cragway Trail
Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult
Foscoe, NC
0.9 mi 1.5 km #5Black Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
0.5 mi 0.8 km #6Underwood Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #7Nuwati Trail
Intermediate
Foscoe, NC
Intermediate
Foscoe, NC

Photos of Grandfather Mountain State Park - 15

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Looking out near McRae Peak.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
Climbing back down the ladders and Cliffside...
Aug 8, 2019 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
Looking out onto the high country from one of many ladders on the trail.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
A rewarding, expansive view along the Underwood Trail.
Aug 1, 2017 near Linville, NC
Fun hike in the early morning.
Nov 12, 2019 near Foscoe, NC
Early morning hike to the top of Calloway Peak
Nov 12, 2019 near Foscoe, NC
Awesome fog cloud slowly coming into the view
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC