The park has 12 miles of challenging trails which have hikers clambering over rocks and up ladders in steeper parts. For those up for the challenge, the diversity and sheer magnificence of the scenery more than makes up for the difficulty in getting there.
Meander through a forest of spruce and hardwood trees and get a glimpse of the spectacular mountain peaks and swinging bridge. Hike on and find yourself atop MacRae Peak or Attic Window Peak enjoying the serenity of the countryside below.
The pink and purple sea of rhododendrons and blueberries is particularly lovely on this trail, as are the impressive views of Boone Bowl and Storyteller's Rock, but only after a steep and strenuous climb to the top of the trail. It may be hard going, but you'll soon be reliving the experience back at your Grandfather Mountain State Park cabins.
This 3-mile trail ascends to the top of Calloway Peak, which at 5,946 feet is the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll need ladders and cables to reach the top of this difficult climb. The phenomenal views reward a can-do spirit.
Hiking predominates among the activities at Grandfather Mountain State Park, but plenty of other exciting things to do await families with a sense of adventure. From canoeing and rafting to guided walks and trail rides, you and yours are spoiled for choice.
Spend the day out in the beautiful forest and try your hand at zip lining, an exhilarating pastime even for beginners. The guides keep you safe, so your only task is to have as much fun as possible. The whole family gets their kicks!
Don a wetsuit and hitch a ride down the Watauga River. When you hit the white-water, the raft twists and turns on an aquatic roller coaster. Try and spot the local wildlife while you eat lunch by the river and recount your fun time back at the Grandfather Mountain State Park cabins.
While rock climbing at the park guides assist all levels. Whether your first time or your twentieth time, rest assured the whole family will be in safe hands. Upon conquering the rock face, don't forget to take in the excellent views all around.