guided-hikeOne of the many exciting aspects of spring at Grandfather Mountain is the start of the guided hike season.  From early May to late August, Interpretive Ranger staff members lead guests on several hikes around the backcountry of Grandfather Mountain while discussing the history of the Mountain and the diverse ecosystems that make it unique.

Beyond just a trek into the backcountry, guided hikes at Grandfather Mountain provide guests the opportunity of open dialogue with a resident expert as they hike among some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast.

“Grandfather Mountain is such a unique place and to have a guided hike to the Mountain’s highest peaks is especially amazing,” said Chief Interpretive Ranger Gabe Taylor.

The first hike of the season is the “Spring to MacRae” Hike.  This May 4 hike is designed to offer participants both the excitement of a trip to MacRae Peak as well as the opportunity to witness life coming back to Grandfather after a long winter slumber. Hikers will traverse 0.9 miles, using cables and seven ladders to gain almost 600 feet in elevation.  This half-day hike begins at 9 a.m.

“This first hike allows guests to witness life returning to the Mountain,” said Taylor. “After being inside throughout the cold winter, people can finally get out in the great outdoors to watch spring flowers bloom.”

The cost for the hike is $15 per person plus regular park admission.  Reservations are required.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.

To register for the “Spring to MacRae” Hike or for more information on the other planned guided hikes for the season, please visit or call (828) 737-0833.

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  • I picked up my 6 year old son from school  and asked him if he could guess where I was gonna take him to spend the weekend. With eyes big and wide he asked, Grandfather Mt? I have never seen him get so happy. Or should I say, pumped up to the max. He thanked me over and over again, while packing for the night in the wild. As with most things in life can be, this was a gift that did not fade away or break like most  presents after minutes of play.  As we got closer  to the top he expressed his deepest thanks, I saw my boy grow up this weekend. I pushed him and he pushed me and together we made it all the way from 105 to the Swinging Bridge.  "Get Out More.  Make memories, not regrets."
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