Jason's favorite Grandfather Mountain hike

Jason’s favorite Grandfather Mountain hike

Not everyone is fortunate enough to live within 10 minutes of Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and within 30 minutes of Wilson Creek and Linville Gorge.  So, I thought it might be interesting to offer some video reporting on some of my favorite hikes in the area.  That way, during your lunch break one could daydream about the hike they’ll do next time they visit.  Or, for someone that is visiting some of these hiking areas for the first time, perhaps this offers some insight for where to go first…

I’m interested in your feedback, so please let me know what you think!

My favorite hike on Grandfather Mountain is one that takes 5-7 hours round-trip, depending on how aggressively you want to hike it.  I enjoy long hikes, and this one is a great workout.  On the accompanying video, I indicated which trails are used, which turns to take, etc.  A map of Grandfather Mountain’s hiking trails is available on www.Grandfather.com.  We also have them for you to pick up for free at Footsloggers in Boone and in Blowing Rock.

Enjoy!  And again, I would love any feedback you can offer.



October 14, 2010 4:14 pm

Jeff Manning  Post a Reply

nice piece Jason… I hiked Grandfather with Carl Clawson and Prescott Pinholster a few years back… say hi to Isaiah for me…


November 6, 2010 2:57 pm

JD  Post a Reply

Thanks Jason, You gave me a real feel for the trail. I liked how you showed the map along with the hiking.

June 9, 2011 2:49 pm

melissa peacock  Post a Reply

Awesome 12 minute video. Are you for hire with a group on a 5 – 7 hour hike. How many miles was the video. I realize the up and downs.

July 19, 2012 4:38 pm

Suzanne  Post a Reply

Very helpful video. Inspired us to do Calloway Peak which was enough for today. Spectacular views. Thanks for posting this.

August 07 2012 14:39 pm


Well I hope you enjoyed the hike, but like you said the views are spectacular and they are some of my favorites in the area!

July 29, 2013 11:52 am

Bobbi Harris  Post a Reply

Jason, this is very helpful! I am training now for my very first Grandfather Mountain hike set for next spring. Although it is a little scary now, this has always been a desire of mine and a goal I have set for a lifetime. I am not in great shape yet but I have begun hiking here at home (at Umstead) and working out in the gym and I will do some smaller hikes (like Hanging Rock) in my preparation. So any advice you have is always appreciated. THANKS!

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