This loop winds up the backside of Grandfather Mountain, climbing moderate switchbacks, rocky crags, and wooden ladders en route to Calloway Peak, the highest summit in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although you’re hiking in North Carolina, this trip may feel like the Canadian Rockies as you trace the footsteps of a trail built by Boy Scouts through dark spruce-fir forest. This trek is a moderate dayhike and also works as an overnighter (with several campsite options along the way). Bring your camera—great views of natural and man-made wonders can be seen at trailside rock outcroppings along the way.
-Mapped by Tim Johnson