This is a strenuous one way trail to Calloway Gap in North Carolina. The trail is steep in sections, and the numerous high rock steps add to the challenge. It is a beautiful hike, and from Calloway Gap you can easily explore the many incredible sights on Grandfather Mountain.
At the top, go left (NE) a short distance and climb to reach Calloway Peak and Watauga View for some amazing views.
For even more adventure, head to the right (SW) toward MacRae Peak and the Mile High Swinging Bridge, about 2.5 miles away. This is the section with the iconic rocky cliffs, steep ladders, and cable-assisted climbs. Be warned that this section is very slow going, and it is not for those afraid of heights.
The Grandfather Mtn Profile Trailhead offers ample parking with clean restrooms.
While this section would be very strenuous for young children, there are few steep cliffs that would be hazardous.
Note that other trails at the summit do have steep cliffs that could be very dangerous for children or pets.
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