Trails in the Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Grandfather Ranger District trailhead, see the Grandfather Ranger District Trailhead page.

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Armstrong Creek Trail

  • 2.5mi, ,

Babel Tower Trail

More Difficult
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Steeply,

Bill Crump Trail

  • 1.2mi, ,

China Creek Trail

  • Descends moderately from the town of Blowing Rock on a relocated and improved stretch, following portions of the historic Upper Thunderhole Trail. According to the Blowing Rock Historical Society, the Upper Thunderhole Trail was built in the 1920s by...
  • 2.6mi, ,

Darkside Cliffs Trail

Moderate
  • A mostly moderate hike through pleasant woods, but with some steeper sections. Like nearby Little and Big Lost Cove Cliffs trails, the trail ends at an outcropping with outstanding views across Lost Cove and Timber Ridge, and up to Grandfather...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Devil's Hole Trail

  • 1.5mi, ,

Falls Branch Trail

Easy
  • An easy walk, mostly on an old roadbed, to the base of this beautiful waterfall. Starting in some old farmland with exotic flowering plant species, the trail then passes through a bottomland forest of hemlocks and hardwoods, with some big boulders on...
  • 0.4mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles

Greenlee Mountain Trail

  • 2mi, ,

Greentown Shortcut Trail

  • 1.2mi, ,

Hawksbill Mountain Trail

More Difficult
  • Climbs along a newer alignment from the trailhead parking on Table Rock Road, where the trail is generally in good shape. Passes through a few switchbacks so the lower portion is not too steep. The area is mostly dry, with a forest of oak, maples,...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Heartbreak Ridge Trail

  • 4.5mi, ,

Mackey Mountain Trail

  • The infamous Mackey Mountain trail starts near the top of Curtis Creek Road and heads southeast. This trail begins well enough, winding along and across the ridgeline past Sams Knob and over to Narrows Knob, but (as of 2016) the blazes and the trail...
  • 8mi, ,

Pitch-in Trail

  • 1.4mi, ,

Simmons Ridge Trail

  • 5.2mi, ,

Star Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • 1.5mi, ,

Table Rock Gap Trail

  • 1.6mi, ,

Thunderhole Falls Trail

  • 0.1mi, ,

White Rocks Trail

  • 0.8mi, ,

Wilson Creek Access Trail

  • 1.4mi, ,

Wiseman's view Trail

  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • 0.2mi, ,

Woodlawn Trail

  • 0.5mi, ,

Woodruff Ridge Trail

  • 2.4mi, ,

Woods Mountain Trail

  • 10.6mi, ,

Young's Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Formerly known as Kitsuma or Kitsuma Peak. Starting at its upper end, the trail ascends gently beside I-40 before climbing more steeply through a set of 12 switchbacks approaching the peak, gaining 500ft elevation from the parking area. There are...
  • 4.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles