Grandfather Mountain stretches across North Carolina’s Avery, Caldwell, and Watauga counties in Grandfather Mountain State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachians. Calloway Peak (5,964 ft.) is the highest of the mountain’s four peaks, with the others being Attic Window Peak (5,949 ft.), MacRae Peak (5,844 ft.), and Linville Peak (5,295 ft.).
Visitors can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the mountain from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, but be warned, this can sway heavily during high winds! Hikers will find several nearby campsites, like the Briar Patch campsite and hiking area and Hi Balsam Shelter just to the east of the mountain. The Sugar Mountain village is west of the mountain, and offers dining, lodging, skiing, ice skating, and trails.
Country: United States
State/Province: North Carolina
Mountain Range: Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian Mountains
Parents: Blue Ridge Mountains
Elevation: 5,945 feet / 1,812 meters
Prominence: 2,444 feet / 745 meters
Isolation: 14.7 mi / 23.66 km
Fun Fact: Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Flora and Fauna
Plant Life: Grandfather Mountain has rich biodiversity with lush, green forests of fraser fir, red spruce-fraser fir, northern red oak, montane white oak, northern hardwood, Canada hemlock, and evergreen shrubs.
Animal Life: Wildlife on and around Grandfather Mountain includes cougars (though no longer in the wild), black bears, river otters and elk.
Bird Life: Birds of Grandfather Mountains include magnolia warblers, pine siskins, kinglets, winter wrens, crossbills, and ruffed grouse. Bald eagles are also common on Grandfather Mountain.
- Wikipedia: Grandfather Mountain
- Grandfather Mountain: 16 Natural Communities, Wildlife Habitats, Birding
- Google Maps