Grandfather Mountain – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering
- Elevation: 1818 m
- Difficulty: Walk up
- Best months to climb: May, June, July, August, September, October
- Convenient center: Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Boone
Grandfather Mountain Climbing Notes
Rick Shortt from UNITED STATES writes:
One of the most rugged and exciting mountains in the Southern Appalachians, this used to be a private attraction with an entrance fee but most of the mountain is now a North Carolina State Park with free entrance.
There are many cliffs and outcrops on the crest and the trails climb ladders, scramble over many rocks, and have steel cables to hold onto in places. The often wild weather up high, combined with boreal forest and the challenging trails feel like hiking in the mountains of Maine or New Hampshire.
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