Guided Hikes

Interpretive Rangers Available To Lead Guided Hikes

Now that Grandfather’s backcountry trail system is maintained and patrolled by North Carolina state park rangers, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is funneling its trails staff toward a more educational, interpretive role. They team with the Mountain’s Naturalists to provide opportunities for guests to find more safe, fun ways to get closer to nature.

Interpretive Rangers are available to lead guided hikes, bird walks and wildflower walks for families and groups that visit Grandfather Mountain. To see the mountain in this whole new way, you can schedule an appointment by calling the interpretive ranger office at (828) 737-0833 or emailing

Please note that walks and hikes are available for all ability levels, but hikes that take you into Grandfather Mountain’s backcountry require careful footwork, proper footwear and the ability to handle heights. All backcountry hikes require participants to traverse ladders and use cables to navigate steep sections of the trail.

Interpretive Rangers are available year-round (weather permitting) to lead guided hikes to:

MacRae Peak ($15 + park admission)
Attic Window ($25 + park admission)
Calloway Peak ($35 + half price park admission)

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance, and a minimum of two participants per hike are required. For more information, please call (828) 737-0833.

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  • Grandfather Mountain is my favorite place on Earth! Each time my family and I visit, we always have an amazing time. The feeling of peace I get as I look into what seems like forever off the mountain's top is unlike anything I've ever felt before.
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