There are three trails, one from the east via the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, one from the north, the Profile Trail , and this one from the southwest, via the Grandfather Trail. You may contact our office during business hours or after hours; leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Finally, the ridgeline starts to level out and you'll see the summit of Calloway Peak up to your right. http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/pics/parkmap.pdf. We camped at Cliffside Campsite which was rated for 6 people, thankfully there were only two of us because the ground was “rooty” and only our two single person tents could fit. Access to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail will depend upon Blue Ridge Parkway closures. There were a couple of icy spots, but all of them had ropes. It is definitely muddy at times, rooty, and includes some tough ladder/ rock scrambles up at the peak. Aug 25, 2018 Mark Shanks. It includes the Daniel Boone Scout Trail where I’d had an injury in June 2017, so I was eager to revisit the scene. Came with full winter prep (microspikes, etc), a must unless there's a good layer of snow on the upper half. How about a hike up to Calloway Peak via the Daniel Boone Scout Trail (as well as Cragway, Nuwati, and Tanawha trails). We encountered many steep rock scrambles and switch-back trails. The easiest east side route to Calloway Peak is to follow Tanawha Trail to the Daniel Boone Scout trail. Took the Blue Ridge Parkway to mile marker 300 to the Boone Fork Overlook. it got busy later in the afternoon, but we were already descending. Wear really good treaded shoes. Ascending about 2,000 feet over 3 miles, this hike begins at the Tanawha Trail and climbs to the summit of Calloway Peak (5,946′), one of … Use extra caution on the way down. My friend and I were backpacking for a night so we had extra weight to slow us down but we take our time soaking in all the nature and take plenty of pictures along all of our hikes, anyway. Near Foscoe, North Carolina. Picnic shelters and group campsites that accommodate less than 50 people are open. The rhododendron bloom of early June is another great time to go. Really neat frost on the trees the day we went in late October. Thank you for following these guidelines and helping us keep you, your fellow visitors and our staff safe as we open facilities at our parks. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Just take your time on the way down. Visitors should consult the NPS real-time map of Blue-Ridge Parkway closures before heading to that side of the park. If your dog is not small enough to lift, it is not recommended to bring a pet on this route. Leave early, and bring lunch and a drink to enjoy the peak (best views on a clear day). We started at Boone Fork Parking Area just before sunrise; it was 32F degrees. The 5946' Calloway Peak is at the summit of the Daniel Boone Scout and Grandfather Trails. It was 38 F with a high wind. Sat, Jun 5, 2010, 7:45 PM: *** PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU RSVP "YES" ***Let's visit the other side of Grandfather Mountain: Daniel Boone Scout Trail - Calloway Peak - Grandfather TrailDescriptio There are no equipment rentals and concessions available. Fun ladders, gorgeous fall colors, and great all around. The ladders are brand new and very sturdy; but hard with a big backpack. Parks are open every other day of the holiday season, including New Year's Day. However, the first section of Scout Trail is not especially scenic -- it's much better to take this section on the way down when you're tired and eager to finish the hike. Choose your steps carefully on the way up. However, they may close due to weather conditions. There's an excellent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains on clear days, but don't be surprised to find it's fogged in. This trail passes through incredibly diverse landscapes as it climbs to the top of Grandfather Mountain. About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. From the south end of the parking lot, take the Tanawha Trail across a bridge over a stream, and continue about a half-mile to the Nuwati Trail junction. 9872 N.C. 105 S. Blue Ridge Parkway Boulders and crags offer elevated views of the Boone Fork area and Calloway Peak. Have fun! Backcountry campsites, including group campsites, are open. Banner Elk, NC 28604, Blowing Rock Highway Allowed Uses: Hiking; Length: 1.16 mi; Daniel Boone Scout - Cragway to Calloway Peak. Cragway Trail ends at Flat Rock, a large layered stone that offers scrambling opportunities and views of the nearby mountains. We accessed the Tanawha Trail at the far left (south) corner of the parking area and walked south on that trail for about a third of a mile, and then turned right and uphill onto the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. The diversity of this trail is what sets it apart for me. Restroom facilities are closed periodically throughout the day, so that staff can adhere to cleaning protocols. Visitor centers and park offices are open, and masks or face coverings are required to enter. No front. On this trip, we hiked the Daniel Boone Scout Trail - up 2000 feet in elevation and over 3.5 miles - to summit Calloway Peak, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Should have left earlier... had to use headlamps the last few miles. Location: 36.1115036010742, -81.7946319580078. At the top, your hard work will be rewarded with magnificent views of Grandfather Mountain and the heart of Appalachia. To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis. Trails and restrooms are open. This table-top rock also serves as a good lunch spot. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. How about summiting the highest peak in the Blue Ridge? Blowing Rock, NC 28605, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway Went here for a winter storm "run" (more of a fast-track) and it was gorgeous. Dogs: Although dogs are allowed on the trail, this trail contains ladders that dogs cannot climb. Ran into a few tourists who were vastly unprepared for taking the ridge on in winter, out-of towners beware if heading up to "see some snow". spent lunch at watauga view. The upper half of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is rough going but spiced with exquisite views, including one of Price Park and one of the Linn Cove Viaduct. A steep, strenuous hike with grand vistas. You will need a permit to hike this trail. Profile Trail to Calloway Peak: the hike. This is a very rocky, steep trail with awesome vistas if the weather's clear. I just wore it like a badge of honor! Park map as a backup. The Cessna wreckage is worth exploring; very close to Raven back country campsite. 4.3 (12) ... Great round trip to Calloway Peak from Daniel Boone parking lot. Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak is a 11.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. All the trees were iced over and the magnificent view from Calloway Peak was something I will never forget. I’m addicted. Harder down trail but good views of valley in winter sun. We saw the most amazing sunset there at the Cliffside View and were nearly blown away by the high winds and rain throughout the night (still worth it though). Signs along the trails advise what to do if a storm hits. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/calloway-peak-via-profile-trail Respect the mountain, prepare well, and the mountains will always reward you with their winter beauty. The trail here follows an intriguing ecological transition from deciduous forest to high-country pine. What to bring: It was a phenomenal hike though. It was overgrown and gone before being reclaimed in the 1970s, and today, it’s still a pretty moderate 3.6-mile hike to Calloway Peak (5,946 feet). You'll come to a treacherous scramble with a white arrow painted on the rock. The trail wraps around the rocks at the very top and climbs up onto them, making a steep right turn. (We passed the Nuwati Trail before the DBS Trail). http://grandfather.com/ This is very challenging hike with steep, craggy trails and occasionally treacherous footing. The park office is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both your nose and mouth, is required to enter the office. The peak was beautiful! Great hike. I’m one proud woman for doing this on my very first overnight backpacking trip. The east side trails can be found at Boone Fork parking area at mile marker 300 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Please follow social distancing guidelines, and bring a cloth face covering so you can wear one when you encounter other visitors along the trail. Take a moment to read them. You don't need a permit to hike it, you just fill out your info when you get there. Grandfather Mountain State Park: Popsicle Toes Hike to Calloway Peak 2/1/20 – 8.3 Miles . There are awesome views on clear days, but it's often fogged in. At nearly 6000 feet in elevation, Calloway Peak has 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, and one heck of a view of the Linn Cove Viaduct, 2000 feet below. This 7.1-mile trail allows hikers to gain 2,299 feet of elevation to reach the top of Calloway Peak. One of the Parkway's most rewarding hikes climbs 2,000 feet (one way) in 3.5 miles from the Boone Fork lot at Mile 299.5 Go left @ Y-junction and follow the trail sign to Flat Rock for views of Boone Bowl below (to the north) and Calloway Peak to the west. (Coming back down is even more of a challenge. Trail Segments. Upon reaching Calloway Peak, the highest Linville, NC 28646, View the contact sheet for the email address and phone number of each park », (General information – please do not call this number for camping or park-specific questions), Office Hours Clothing layers for rapidly changing weather: it can be hot at the trailhead, cool and breezy at the summit, and very wet if a storm hits. Mile 9.7 – At Flat Rock View go straight on Cragway Trail – an alternative scenic return to the parking area. Please check the park pages for more information about camping procedures. This is at mile 299.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great trail with beautiful views at the top. Many small wildflowers pop up along the trail in springtime. By the time we made it back to the car we were both covered in mud and soaking wet. Given its close proximity to the trail, the plane crash has since become a hard-to-miss rest stop on hikers’ journeys up to Calloway Peak. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/daniel-boone-scout-trail The trail wasn’t easy. Winding upward through ancient forest for 3.5 miles, you’ll be treated to fascinating rock formations, clear streams, and stunning views. This natural surface trail is moderate in difficulty for most of the trek, but the final 0.75-mile stretch is strenuous, with ladders that must be climbed to reach the Calloway Peak. Highlights: Calloway Peak, the exposed ridge hikes to Attic Window Peak and MacRae Peak, eating snacks at the Top Shop Lowlights: Daniel Boone Scout Trail can get very muddy, crowded and very rocky Underwood Trail, hordes of people around the swinging bridge Google+ photo album link While the parking and trail access is free, permits are required, and available at the trailhead’s shelter. From the parking lot, follow the Tanawha Trail for 0.6 miles to the Daniel Boone Scout Trailhead. Please note: the Grandfather Mountain attraction (Mile-High Swinging Bridge) is managed by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. It's only a mile but it's a very vigorous mile. Boone Fork Parking Trailhead, milepost 299.7 on Blue Ridge Parkway, elevation ~3,200 ft Tanawha Trail to Daniel Boone Scout Trail, up to Calloway Peak - elevation 5,946 ft back down Daniel Boone Scout trail, then Cragway Trail, then Nuwati Trail, Tanawha Trail back to trailhead 7 miles roundtrip Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. At 5,946 feet, Calloway Peak provides hikers with perhaps the best view of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Ascending about 2,000 feet over three miles, this hike begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail and climbs to Calloway Peak, at 5,946 feet, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Range. Eventually you'll see a sign pointing to Hi-Balsam shelter, which is about 50 yards from the main trail. Dave climbs over the rocks on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. I adored this trail. The adventure begins at a parking area and trailhead, located off Highway 105 south of Boone (view maps and driving directions). If you want to see the plane crash it's before the first ladder at mile 3.1 to the right of the trail. Daniel Boone Scout Trail. We did a bit more than this. The windchill was -12 and blowing about 40mph. Banner Elk, NC 28604, Mile marker: 299.9 Please visit their website for their current operating status. daniel Boone sCoUt trail– Ascending about 2,000 feet over 3 miles, this hike begins at the Tanawha Trail and climbs to the summit of Calloway Peak (5,946 feet), the highest point on the Blue Ridge Escarpment. This was a very difficult hike for me but I made it through; thankfully. Calloway Peak hike. it had diverse terrain and difficulty. It was filled with scrambles, ankle deep mud, and mini rivers. The hike down the Cragway Trail was more difficult than the trip up. Don't dawdle at the peak -- it can be fairly busy on weekends and other people want to enjoy the view. Park map (PDF download) (GPS: 36.113793,-81.780963) Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail from the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milemarker 299.9). But worth every second. Snacks to keep your energy level up The peak is marked by some blazes spray painted on the rocks for the Grandfather and Daniel Boone Scout trails, which both end here. Grandfather Mountain State Park has some great trails leading up to the high point, Calloway Peak. It was a bit wet this time of the year. Absolutely beautiful as always. From here, turn right and take the Daniel Boone Scout Trail toward Calloway Peak. Some folks have had success with a low crab-walk.). Blizzards are common from late fall through early spring. Popsicle Toes: Every year, Rick leads this winter hike for the Carolina Berg Wanderers. Rocky and rooty. This trail links Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout trails, making a nice loop hike passing through rhododendron and blueberry thickets. The Daniel Boone Scout Trail ends at Calloway Peak, but you can also continue threading along the increasingly rough and rocky spine of Grandfather Mountain via the Grandfather Trail. Stay on Nuwati Trail for about a mile -- excellent views will open up on the way up. Definitely need to be prepared for significant weather changes at the peak which was very cold and windy. This is your return route. Due to technical maneuvers required along this hike, this trail is rated as difficult. Daniel Boone Scout Trail Calloway Peak June 12, 2010 Please visit the park during the week when possible; plan to arrive early morning or late afternoon on weekends; and/or have a backup plan in case the parking area is full when you arrive. You have until 9:00pm the day of your arrival to reserve the site; however, we recommend making your reservation before you go to the park, as cellular service is not reliable and Aspira's phone lines have recently had long wait times. Hiking poles if you use them. Walk-up camping are available only at certain loops at Jordan Lake and Kerr Lake and at backcountry campsites with self-registration boxes at trailheads. Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak. All North Carolina state parks are closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Below is a more scenic route up to Grandfather Mountain's Calloway Peak from the Boone Fork parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. GFM005. The grade up the Daniel Boone trail was good. All campers must reserve a campsite online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. Begin at the trailhead for Tanawha Trail in the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The upper portion of this trail is not recommended for pets. Sturdy hiking boots with good traction Indoor facilities are currently not available for reservation. The ladders were pretty easy. Note: Some hikers prefer to continue on Tanawha Trail to Daniel Boone Scout Trail, turn right there, and take the Scout Trail all the way to the summit. Swim beaches and areas are closed. Stop at the 1978 plane crash right before the peak on the right of you from the trail. the plane crash site is a must see. We encourage park visitors to conduct their own First Day Hikes with members of their household. It's far better to go this way first -- climbing on fresh legs at the start of your hike, rather than descending on tired legs coming down. Daniel Boone Scout Trail Difficult. Suite 6 Grandfather Mountain Home Page Second of the three ladders, going down this time. Calloway peak itself is small and can feel a little crowded in the COVID era with just a few hiking parties. Enough water for a long hike The highest point on Grandfather Mountain. Great hike and beautiful view at the top ... MacRae Peak Out and Back 1.8 mi 2.9 km • 697' Up 212.45 m Up • 697' Down 212.56 m Down. For campgrounds with 24-hour access, please observe the Night-Time Public Closure Period guidelines and do not leave the campground between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. It's about 1.7 miles up the hill. Due to the narrow, steep terrain, this trail is not recommended for dogs. Raleigh, NC 27699-1615. Mile 8.3 – Cross the summit of Calloway Peak where the Grandfather Trail officially ends and turns into the Daniel Boone Scout Trail (white diamond blaze). Grandfather Mountain, the most iconic peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville, N.C., and the Virginia state line, practically dares hikers check out to its highest crags. Really good workout! Daniel Boone Scout Trail was blazed in the summer of 1943 by Daniel Boone Scout Troop #21, according to staff at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Hit the steep Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak, see a plane crash site from the 1970s, hike the narrow ridge to Grandfather Mountain, walk … I did the same hike last week (Boone Scout trail parking lot to Calloway peak to Macrae peak and back). This is a nice place to get in out of the rain if a storm comes -- keep in mind that backpackers regularly use it as a shelter. Weekend delays: Due to increased visitation, Grandfather Mountain State Park reaches parking space capacity by 10 a.m. on good weather weekend days. Visitors are expected to wear masks while in the park and adhere to the social distancing standards while on the trails and in the parking lot area. weekdays only, 121 W. Jones St. My friend and I are not weak hikers. Calloway Peak Hike, Blowing Rock: Address, Phone Number, Calloway Peak Hike Reviews: 4.5/5. Please be patient with the staff during this time. Don't forget to keep a copy with you in case a ranger asks for one later. Jun 21, 2020. Weather is the wild card at Grandfather Mountain: Storms can blow in very quickly, bringing hail, lightning and pounding rain. Once we were up the last ladder, we entered a beautiful winter wonderland. Pass the Daniel Boone Campsite; set up camp on tent platforms, or continue on trail. Most trails, restrooms, playgrounds, and several boat ramps are open. You'll have to earn this view - it is a tough climb up, although not terribly long. We were able to visit the plane crash site which was right before the first ladder. Larger outdoor facilities with a maximum capacity of more than 50 people are also not available for reservation. ... Nuwati, Cragway, Daniel Boone Scout Trail Jun 3, 2017 Dan Williams. Parks are not hosting any guided First Day Hikes on January 1. 1615 Mail Service Center Take the Nuwati Trail first instead of going up Daniel Boone Scout trail. Hard trail. The main purpose of this hike was to see the Cessna crash. From the parking lot, follow the Tanawha Trail for 0.6 miles to the Daniel Boone Scout Trailhead. Flat Rock View via Nuwati and Cragway Trail, Grandfather Mountain via Daniel Boone Scout Trail and Grandfather Trail, Calloway Peak and MacRae Peak via Profile Trail and Grandfather Trail, Stack Rock to Wilson Creek via Tanawha Trail, Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak, http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/pics/parkmap.pdf. Near Calloway Peak, in-place ladders and cables help hikers through steep sections. It took my wife and I about 4 hours to the top and back at a moderate pace, not including a 45 min lunch break at Watauga view near the summit. Photo by Rachel Pressley, Instagram @rachelbpressley. Milepost 299.5. Please note that parks may be busy on New Year's Day, so please be prepared for parking delays and make backup plans. You have to climb three ladders to reach the summit at Calloway Peak. Is there anything less than 5 stars on Grandfather? Unlike the Daniel Boone Scout Trail the biodiversity isn’t as impressive on this side of the mountain as you continuously climb due to the western exposure. The trail becomes much more rugged near the summit. About 7.5 miles from parking lot round trip. Entry to the park will be restricted if the park reaches max capacity or if social distancing standards are not being adhered to. You'll need your license tag number, cellphone number, and an emergency contact number. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows: Daniel Boone Scout - Tanawha to Cragway. For specific details about each park, please visit the park website page. Once you're back on the D. Boone Scout Trail, it's all downhill back to the Flat Rock Junction, where there's one more turn on the Scout Trail and you return to the Tanawha Trail junction. Calloway Peak is not only the highest point on Grandfather Mountain, but the highest point on the Blue Ridge Range. Winter is the least-advisable time to attempt this hike: the Parkway is typically closed and deep snow can totally obscure the trail. Above the junction with the Cragway Trail, the Daniel Boone Scout Trail gets much more rugged on the way to Calloway Peak. This hike is rated as “Strenuous” by the National Park Service and includes a 2000 ft elevation gain during the 3-mile hike to the peak. Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. (U.S. 221) Ascending about 2,000 feet over three miles, this hike begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail and climbs to Calloway Peak, at 5,946 feet, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Range. Camping reservations must be done online. The trail got busier around 11:00 but it was still amazing. (I would recommend that you wear water resistant shoes if you are planning a hike anytime soon). On your way back, note the sign pointing downhill toward the first section of the D. Boone Scout Trail. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3. this trail was an awesome hike to callaway peak. Early winter, before the first blizzards, and early spring, after the snow's melted, offer the best views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Campgrounds remain open under the order. Won’t do this again haha. The terrain started out brown and green; very, very muddy and extremely rooty all the way through. Starting down at creek level amongst ferns, and ending at one of the blue ridge’s highest peaks, you really get a wide array of views. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Only dog friendly if you're up to carrying your dog up a ladder. To get to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, park at the Boone Fork lot (Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 296.5) and take the trailhead for Tanawha Trail. its use and no camping is allowed on the trail. 9:00am to 5:00pm About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. The Daniel Boone Scout Trail was built in the early 1940s by Blue Ridge Parkway ranger Clyde F. Smith and a Blowing Rock Boy Scout troop. Turn left here on Tanawha Trail and enjoy a flat, relaxing walk back to the parking lot. The Profile Trail parking area has been reaching capacity on some weekends, and we expect this to continue as we move into the fall leaf season. This is located across the trail from the Ravens Roost campsite, just before the ladders. starting at cold prong parking area. Because the peak is so prominent on the Parkway, it's only natural to answer Grandfather's challenge from one of the road's turnouts. WARNING: There is ice located on several parts of the Grandfather Trail, especially around the north side of McRae Peak. We went back down via Cragway. Turn right at the Nuwati Trail, then stop and register at the sign-in board. The trek to the summit and back can take 5 to 7 hours, no matter how fast you typically hike. COVID-19 information for parks under Modified Stay at Home Order, Park at capacity by 10 a.m. on weekend days, Maintain a social distance of 6 feet, regardless of the behavior of others, Bring a mask or face covering; they are required to be worn inside buildings and when social distancing cannot be implemented, Share the trail — warn other trail users of your presence, step to the side or wait at the end of a bridge, Do not enter restrooms until others have cleared out and please be patient when staff is cleaning them, Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, Do not share equipment like phones or cameras with other visitors, If the park seems crowded when you arrive, come back another time, Stay at home if you are exhibiting symptoms. Great overlooks and forest setting. Grandfather Mountain State Park has some great trails leading up to the high point, Calloway Peak, this being the most interesting, and definitely also the most popular. 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