Mountain rangers share hiking tips for hikers planning a fall trip | New


While the leaf change at Grandfather Mountain typically begins at higher elevations in late September, the sights of fall color illuminating the low valleys below can last until October.

Six tips for hiking
at grandfather’s mountain

Pick the right trail for you and the fitness level of your group.

Every trail on Grandfather Mountain provides a great hiking experience, but the experience can be tarnished if the enjoyable hike turns into a survival situation. Grandfather Mountain offers access to a variety of trails to suit any group, from a simple walk in the woods to a full day hike over very rugged terrain.

Familiarize yourself with the trail.

Use resources like maps and apps to help you navigate the trails. Plan your route before your hike. Grandfather Mountain trail information can be found at

Check the weather the week before, the week of, the days before, the same day and just before you start your hike. The weather can change quickly in the mountains, and knowing what you might encounter will keep you safe and happy.

You should always let people know about your plan, so if anything should happen, someone would know to look for you or where to find you. At Grandfather Mountain, hikers are encouraged to complete hiking permits before hitting the backcountry trails. These permits also give the hiker the contact details to use if necessary.


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