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Outdoors Summer guided hike series continues July 13 with Grandfather's Attic Hike

Hikers pause for a photo opportunity in Grandfather Mountain's backcountry. The next guided hike along the Grandfather Trail is set for July 13 and explores historical and significant events that have happened along the trail and tell the story of Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Helen Moss Davis)Grandfather Mountain's summer guided hike series continues July 13 with Grandfather's Attic Hike. Guided hikes at Grandfather Mountain offer guests the unique opportunity to tackle one of the Mountain's famously wondrous hiking trails with an expert.

“A trip to the Attic” provides an exciting hike to Attic Window Peak and Indian House Cave over the most rugged terrain on Grandfather Mountain. As with any good trip to the attic, Interpretive Rangers will be sharing many great stories about Grandfather’s history with guests along the way.

During the hike Gabriel Taylor, Grandfather Mountain's chief interpretive ranger and guide for this particular hike, will share the story of Grandfather and past historic and significant events seen along the trail that help tell the story of Grandfather Mountain. Participants will explore interesting high elevation flora and fauna along this incredibly rich landscape.

A hiker climbs to the top of a ladder along the Grandfather Trail and is rewarded by a great view. This challenging trail is the subject of the "It's a challenging, but rewarding hike," said Taylor. "We'll travel all across the ridge line ending at a spot in which many artifacts have been discovered."

Participants will gain nearly 600 feet in 1.2 miles of hiking, using ladders and cables while traversing over large boulders to reach the destination of Attic Window Peak.

Grandfather's Attic Hike will cost $25 per person in addition to regular park admission. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. For reservations, call 828-737-0833. Registered participants will meet at Black Rock Parking lot at 9 a.m. on July 13.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire good stewardship. For more information, visit or call 800-468-7325.

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