This race is not for beginners! Prior trail race experience required before signing up. You must carry mandatory gear of water bottle, rain shell, and an emergency blanket at all times during the race. Weather conditions can change extremely fast on this mountain.
This is the ultimate mountain race in the Southeast on one of the most iconic mountains in all of Appalachia, Grandfather Mountain. Gnarly trail, 4000+ ft of climbing, fixed ladders and ropes, and the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains at 5,984 ft tall!
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Ropes and ladders will be necessary along this route. Extremely technical terrain requiring use of minor scrambling skills. This race is not for beginners! Prior trail race experience required before signing up. You must carry mandatory gear of water bottle, rain shell, and an emergency blanket at all time during the race. Weather conditions can change extremely fast on this mountain.
Start behind Lowe's Foods in Banner Elk, NC. Run Profile Trail
as it transitions through mixed hardwood forest to boreal forest as it climbs the mighty mountain. Water and a light aid station are located approximately 3 miles in at Shanty Spring.
Soon, intersect the Grandfather Trail
and turn left to the summit of Calloway Peak, the highest point on Grandfather Mountain. At the summit, enjoy the view then take the Daniel Boone Scout Trail
all the way down the other side of the mountain. Fixed ladders and cables run along this trail near the summit and will help guide you safely down the mountain.
Once you intersect with the Tanawha Trail
, turn left and follow to intersection of Nuwati Trail
. Turn left here and the next aid station is close by After aid, continue following Nuwati Trail
to the intersection of Cragway Trail
and take a left. This trail is extremely technical with many sections requiring the use of your hands. This trail will soon pop out on a cliff band with huge views of Grandfather and the Boone Bowl.
Continue on Cragway Trail
until you reach Daniel Boone Scout Trail
again. Once here you'll begin to follow Daniel Boone Scout Trail
back up to the summit of Calloway Peak, then down Grandfather Trail
to Profile Trail
, and then Profile Trail
trail back to the finish line.