Grandfather Mountain offers one of the most beautiful scenic trails in Western NC. It has a couple of trails that can reach about 1000 feet over the mile high swinging bridge. If you like a long hike and still take you to the top of Grandfather Mountain you can take the profile trail. The profile trail starts off the road at NC 105. The trail length is 3.1 miles long, It starts with rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers then crosses the Watauga river, the lower part is considered fairly easy. The Upper part of the trail gets steeper but with rest stops with stone and log benches on the way up, the trail is strenuous but comes with a great price with the wonderful views. The profile trail ends when you arrive at the Calloway gap trail. At the top of Calloway gap there is two different ways to get to the very top of the mountain. These trails can have hard obstacles to overcome to get to the top. For example there are 4 or 5 different ladders and cables to climb sheer cliff faces. You do have to pay a hiking fee if you plan on going to the very top, but if you just want to hike the profile trail then hike down there is no fee. If you have not experienced these trails and you love the outdoors then you need to give Grandfather Mountain a visit.