Grandfather MountainNature Walks & Hiking Trails
Backcountry Hiking - Trail DescriptionsEast Side Trails
Backcountry Hiking - Trail Descriptions:
|Trail name||Rating||Blaze||Length (miles)|
|Daniel Boone Scout Trail||Moderately strenuous
with cables and ladders
|White-Blazed||3 mi.(4.8 km)
|Nuwati Trail||Easy but rocky||Blue-Blazed||1.2 mi. (1.9 km)|
|Cragway Trail||Rocky, strenuous||Orange-Blazed||1.0 mi. (1.6 km)|
|Asutsi Trail||Easy Hiking||No blaze||0.4 mi. (0.6 km)|
Daniel Boone Scout Trail
Ascending about 2,000 feet over 3 miles, this hike begins at the Tanawha Trail and climbs to the summit of Calloway Peak (5,964'), the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. About half way up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail.
The upper half of the Boone Trail is rough-going but spiced with some exquisite views, including one of Price Park and one of the Linn Cove Viaduct. Just before Calloway Peak, in-place ladders and cables help hikers through steep sections. (Closest permit outlet: Grandfather Mountain Country Store at the junction of US 221 and the Holloway Mountain road.)
|Daniel Boone Campsite and Cragway junction||1.3 mi (2.1 km)||2 hrs. Round trip|
|Briar Patch Campsite||2.1 mi (3.4 km)|
|Hi-Balsam Shelter||2.7 mi (4.3 km)|
|Raven's Roost Campsite||2.8 mi (4.5 km)|
|Calloway Peak||3.0 mi (4.8 km)||4.5 hrs. Round trip|
This trail, meaning "medicine" in the Cherokee language, follows the print of an old logging road 1.2 miles. It's an easy but rocky hike, ending at Storyteller's Rock and a truly spectacular view of an isolated valley some geologists say was carved by a glacier. Along the way, there are stream crossings, a solitary stand of Quaking Aspens, and reminders of logging days gone by.
|Nuwati Spring||0.2 mi (0.3 km)|
|Nuwati-Cragway Jct.||0.6 mi (1.0 km)|
|Streamside Campsite||0.7 mi (1.2 km)|
|Storyteller's Rock Campsite and Boone Bowl View||1.2 mi (1.9 km)|
|Refuge Campsite||1.4 mi (2.3 km)|
A steep, strenuous hike with lovely vistas. Boulders and crags jut out here and there opening up elevated (and elevating) views of the Boone Fork Bowl. This trail links Nuwati and Boone Trails and makes a fine loop-hike, passing through rhododendron and blueberry thickets. A hiking option coming down the Boone Trail when returning to cars is to follow Cragway Trail to the Nuwati.
|Top Crag||0.4 mi (0.6 km)|
|Flat Rock View and junction with Boone Scout Trail||1.0 mi (1.6 km)|
Asutsi means "bridge" in the Cherokee language. This short, easy trail (0.4 miles) links Serenity Farm on US 221 and the Tanawha Trail, providing alternative access to Nuwati and Boone Trails. Winter access to the East Side Trails.
P.O. Box 129 - US 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway - Linville, NC - 28646
Phone 800-468-7325 Fax: 828-733-2608 Email: email@example.com
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