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Article Published: Apr. 18, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 18, 2013
Guided hikes to begin at Grandfather

Guided hike participants learn about the nature around them from one of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation interpretive rangers. The first hike of 2013 is ‘Spring to MacRae’ on May 4, a trip to MacRae Peak and back focusing on spring’s rejuvenation of the mountain. 

Photo by Taylor Adams

One of the many exciting aspects of spring at Grandfather Mountain is the start of the guided hike season.

From early May to late August, interpretive ranger staff members lead guests on several hikes around the backcountry of Grandfather Mountain, while discussing the history of the mountain and the diverse ecosystems that make it unique.

Beyond just a trek into the backcountry, guided hikes at Grandfather Mountain provide guests the opportunity of open dialogue with a resident expert as they hike among some of the most stunning scenery on the East Coast.

“Grandfather Mountain is such a unique place, and to have a guided hike to the mountain’s highest peaks is especially amazing,” said Chief Interpretive Ranger Gabe Taylor.

The first hike of the season is the “Spring to MacRae” Hike. This May 4 hike is designed to offer participants both the excitement of a trip to MacRae Peak, as well as the opportunity to witness life coming back to Grandfather after a long winter slumber.

Hikers will traverse 0.9 miles, using cables and seven ladders to gain almost 600 feet in elevation. The half-day hike begins at 9 a.m.

“This first hike allows guests to witness life returning to the mountain,” Taylor said. “After being inside throughout the cold winter, people can finally get out in the great outdoors to watch spring flowers bloom.”

The cost for the hike is $15 per person plus regular park admission. Reservations are required.
The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.

To register for the “Spring to MacRae” Hike or for more information on the other planned guided hikes for the season, visit or call (828) 737-0833.

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