Grandfather Mountain: A Profile by Miles TagerMany have seen it, but few people know it well. Now come visit the Grandfather Mountain in its complete history, and full stature as one of the worlds great mountains. Grandfather Mountain: A Profile travels back to the origins of this living entity, then traces its unique development--geological, natural, prehistoric, and modern humans-- to the present day, where it still stands alone as the grand patriarch of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Grandfather Mountain Winter Hike March 13, 2018
Grandfather's Profile Hike
Shop Reservations Newsroom. Ascending about 1, feet over 3. Beginning as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, this trail crosses the Watauga River and travels under a hardwood canopy for much of its length. Upper sections, beginning around Foscoe View, get steeper. Shanty Spring, at 3.
RATED: 4. But one of our favorite hikes at Grandfather Mountain summits the mountain via a fee-free access trail, the Profile Trail. The trail summits Calloway Peak, the highest mountain on the Grandfather ridge. The views are outstanding. The forest is scenic. And the trail is exceptionally well-designed and built, making for a fun, though challenging, hike.
Calloway Peak via Profile Trail is a 7. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Beginning from Hwy as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, this trail crosses the Watauga River and travels under a hardwood canopy for much of its length. Upper sections, beginning around Foscoe View, get steeper. There are frequent rest stops with stone benches and turnouts. The trail gets a bit muddy when wet.