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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 - 5

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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 The overlook on Cragway Trail looks up to the mighty summit of Calloway Peak.
Very Difficult

Grand-Further Mountain Run

13.9 mi 22.4 km 4,145' Up 1263.48 m Up 4,144' Down 1263 m Down

Banner Elk, 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
Favorite The overlook on Cragway Trail looks up to the mighty summit of Calloway Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult

Boone Fork Parking Area to Calloway Peak

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,052' Up 625.39 m Up 2,053' Down 625.65 m Down

Foscoe, NC

Grandfather Mountain State Park Running

  • 57 Miles 92 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 7 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park - 8

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3.5 mi 5.7 km #1Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 31 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #2Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC 23 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #3Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult
Foscoe, NC 13 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #4Cragway Trail
Difficult
Foscoe, NC
Difficult
Foscoe, NC 10 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #5Black Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Linville, NC
0.4 mi 0.7 km #6Profile Connector Trail
Intermediate
Banner Elk, NC
Intermediate
Banner Elk, NC
0.5 mi 0.8 km #7Underwood Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #8Nuwati Trail
Intermediate
Foscoe, NC
Intermediate
Foscoe, NC

Photos of Grandfather Mountain State Park - 16

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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
Grandfather Mountain in the midst of the early spring foliage (or lack thereof) .
Mar 19, 2019 near Foscoe, NC
A series of cables and ladders give access to great views.
Jul 17, 2021 near Linville, NC