X marks the spot. Calloway Peak is the symbolic meeting point of the blue- blazed Grandfather Trail and white-blazed Daniel Boone Scout Trail. Calloway is Grandfather’s highest at 5,946 feet. 48 WBM june 2015 TThe hiking — across peaks, up ladders and over cliff faces — is so spectacular it recently joined the Grand Canyon and other famous natural areas viewable on Google Map’s Street View through the Trekker project. Now those who can’t make the hike can see what it’s like. The Blue Ridge Mountain travel attraction got its start in the 1930s before Hugh Morton built his swinging bridge on Linville Peak. Decades later, motorists still pay to drive up the park’s mountain-climbing motor road, a great way to soak up dramatic scenery year-round. The iconic Mile-High Swinging Bridge, wildlife viewing habitats, and nature museum attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Just before he died in 2006, Morton brought in his grandson Hugh MacRae “Crae” Morton III to Early 1900s author Margaret Morley called her hike across the mountain “the event of the season.” The ladder-climbing trek up the crags is still a rite of passage for many, a ritual challenge worthy of documentation. Right: Grandfather dominates the entire High Country corner of North Carolina. Even these hikers miles away from the mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Flatrock Trail are treated to views of Grandfather.
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