Grandfather Mountain

Featured photo of Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain, elevation 5964 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. It has a rugged profile, with rocks more than a billion years old, and towers over the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock and Boone, North Carolina. Grandfather Mountain is a Southern Highlands attraction.

Elevation (feet): 5,964
Elevation (meters): 1,818
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Blue Ridge Mountains
State: North Carolina
Latitude: 36.115
Longitude: -81.8619
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Convenient Center: Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Boone

Thanks to Dale Kolsan for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Grandfather Mountain.

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  • Log #10351 - by patrick on Jan 09, 2003
    Best mountain around, Views are second to none. In winter you won't see anybody. Need to get back up there.
  • Log #10352 - by carson on Apr 20, 2001
    the Profile Trail is the way to go.
  • Log #10354 - by Matt Kirk on Feb 17, 2000
    Via the Boone Scout Trail- I think. (From Blue Ridge Parkway). Heard good things about this climb so I decided to give it a go, It was a five or so mile hike to the highest peak. The ladders were...
  • Log #10355 - by Lee Jenson on Aug 30, 1999
    This is a fun mountain to climb. The best route is the Grandfather Profile Trail off of Highway 105. This trail winds up the mountain at a moderate rate up to Shanty Spring where it gets a little...
  • Log #10356 - by Dale Kolsan on July 19, 1999
    I have visited Grandfather Mountain twice - there's a $10 admission charge - and always see something new. In my opinion, the best time of the year to visit is between the 2nd and 3rd week of...