Grandfather Mountain State Park
Grandfather Mountain is a North Carolina icon offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. This state park opens the mountain’s 2,456-acre backcountry to the most spectacular, albeit the most strenuous, hiking and backpacking in the area. The park is known for some of the South’s most severe weather and challenging terrain, with trails that have hikers scrambling along cliffs and up ladders. Access to 12 miles of trails and backpack camping sites is generally from the Profile Trailhead on NC Hwy. 105, or from trailheads along the adjacent Blue Ridge Parkway, notably at Parkway milepost 299.9. Note: Trails can also be reached from the Grandfather Mountain attraction (which includes the mile-high swinging bridge and other attractions) and there is a per-person fee for this access. See the Grandfather Mountain page on this website under Things to Do > Attractions.