Woods Walk Trail

Woods Walk & Picnic Area

Located about a third of a mile from the Grandfather Entrance Gate along the road to the summit is Woods Walk Picnic Area. Find our easiest trail there — perfect for small children and folks not ready to tackle our more challenging hikes. This 0.4-mile exploration trail loops through a northern hardwood forest. Find benches along the way for rest stops and forest bathing. 

With very gradual grades and wide paths, the Woods Walk appeals to those looking for a quick and easy encounter with nature. At least 64 different flower and plant species grow at trailside, as well as 19 tree types.

Woods Walk

Signs along the trail feature Yonni, Grandfather’s Junior Naturalist Salamander, with different activities to do at each sign. Learn how the plants, animals and birds help the forest thrive — and how humans can help, too. Since this hike is the lowest on the mountain and protected from the harsh weather at the summit, it’s especially nice for winter walks.

Woods Walk Picnic Area

There are three exits along the upper section of the trail that connects to the picnic area. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk — a perfect pairing with a picnic. Find many tables with adjacent parking, along with restrooms. You may bring your own food or stop by nearby Mildred’s Grill.


Trail Tips

Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

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