Crossing Grandfather's ridges on the Grandfather Trail is a rigorous challenge that takes hikers in and out of wind-dwarfed spruce and fir, across or around rock walls and pinnacles, and into open spaces with views of mountains unfurling in every direction. The pay-off is the chance to tackle rugged, rocky terrain found nowhere else in the Southeast and to see the view from the top of the Blue Ridge. (Photo by Hugh Morton, courtesy of www.grandfather.com)

Crossing Grandfather's ridges on the Grandfather Trail is a rigorous challenge that takes hikers in and out of wind-dwarfed spruce and fir, across or around rock walls and pinnacles, and into open spaces with views of mountains unfurling in every direction. The pay-off is the chance to tackle rugged, rocky terrain found nowhere else in the Southeast and to see the view from the top of the Blue Ridge. (Photo by Hugh Morton, courtesy of www.grandfather.com)