Thursday, August 18, 2011
MacRae Peak, Calloway Peak Grandfather Mountain NC Hiking Trails
Our 15 mile Hike, August 16th. We entered at the lower portion of Grandmother view and hiked up Black Rock Trail to the Grandfather Trail Extension. We hiked the Underwood trail to MacRae Peak ( elevation 5844 ) Across Grandfather Trail through Raven's Roost and the Daniel Boone Scout Trail/Flat Rock and eventually made our way down and across 6 miles of the Tanawha Trail ending at the Rough Ridge Trail Head. The Tanawha trail is a lower trail which is moderate and easy to hike. The trail easily leads to the upper more strenuous trails. These trails can be accessed from the HWY 221 and Blue Ridge Parkway Side - there are several parking areas along the Park Way to access the trails without having to pay to enter Grandfather Mountain. My personal favorite place to enter is the Nuwati Trail, which is closer to the Blowing Rock section of the Park Way MILE MARKER 300 on your right - near the Boone Fork Parking area. This trail will lead you to the top of the Danielle Boone Scout Trail and from there you can hike and see the highest elevations coming across the ridge to MacRae Peak ( the jewel of views ). North Carolina Hiking Trails offer some extremely diverse plant species and make for some great photographs and Family Hiking memories.