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.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Armstrong Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Follows Armstrong Creek upstream from the end of the Fish Hatchery road complex. Crosses the creek several times along the way. Turns into a drainage northwest of the main stem of the creek and begins climbing earnestly. Ends at the Mountains to Sea...
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Babel Tower Trail

More Difficult
  • 1.2mi, Climbs Steeply,

Bad Fork Trail

More Difficult
  • Bad fork. BAD! But seriously, though this trail promises to be a potential loop when combined with the Armstrong Creek and Woods Mountain/Mountains to Sea trails, this one is covered with dead rhododendron downfall and is extremely difficult to...
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

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, ,

Devil's Hole Trail

  • 1.5mi, ,

Falls Branch Trail

  • 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
  • {{fig right img="2017-10-01_pisgah-linville-gorge_hawksbill-trail-rocky-climb.jpg"}} 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...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Heartbreak Ridge Trail

Most Difficult
  • Descends all the way down the Blue Ridge from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Glass Rock Knob to the Star Gap trail not far from the Old Fort Geyser.
  • 3.9mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Pitch-in Trail

  • 1.4mi, ,

Point Lookout Trail

  • This greenway path/trail follows the route of old US Hwy 70 on a steady grade up the Blue Ridge Escarpment from the valley near Old Fort to the top near Ridgecrest. It's a strip of asphalt down the old concrete roadway. Hemmed in by a hardwood and...
  • 3.62mi, Climbs Moderately, Paved

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 trail. Starting at the top near Ridgecrest, the trail heads straight out of the back of the parking lot and ascends gently beside I-40. It swings left and climbs more steeply through a set of 12 switchbacks...
  • 4.2mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles