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Grandfather Mountain State Park

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12 mi 19 km of trail 4 Runs

Easy Trails 1 Trail Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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.
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Runs in Grandfather Mountain State Park - 4

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

Tanawha Trail

13.3 mi 21.3 km • Point to Point • 1,131 ft Ascent 344.84 m Ascent

(14) Linville, NC
Favorite Looking out near McRae Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peaks of Grandfather Mountain

9.1 mi 14.6 km • Loop • 2,827 ft Ascent 861.65 m Ascent

(10) Banner Elk, NC
Favorite The overlook on Cragway Trail looks up to the mighty summit of Calloway Peak.
Extremely Difficult

Grand-Further Mountain Run

13.2 mi 21.3 km • Point to Point • 3,999 ft Ascent 1218.85 m Ascent

(3) Banner Elk, NC
Favorite Looking out near McRae Peak.
Difficult

MacRae Peak Out and Back

1.8 mi 2.9 km • Loop • 697 ft Ascent 212.45 m Ascent

(8) Linville, NC

Trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park - 7

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3.5 mi 5.7 km #1Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
3.5 mi 5.7 km Banner Elk, NC 26 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #2Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
2.0 mi 3.3 km Linville, NC 16 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #3Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.9 mi 4.6 km Foscoe, NC
0.8 mi 1.3 km #4Cragway Trail
Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult
0.8 mi 1.3 km Foscoe, NC
0.5 mi 0.8 km #5Underwood Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Linville, NC
0.9 mi 1.5 km #6Black Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Linville, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #7Nuwati Trail
Intermediate
Foscoe, NC
Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Foscoe, NC

Photos of Grandfather Mountain State Park - 15

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Looking out near McRae Peak.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
The overlook on Cragway Trail looks up to the mighty summit of Calloway Peak.
Jan 24, 2017 near Foscoe, 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
The Mountain in the spring
May 2, 2018 near Linville, NC
View from Foscoe View. Signage (not pictured) identifies the peaks in the distance.
Aug 13, 2018 near Foscoe, NC

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