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TrekEast Blog 35 Grandmother & Grandfather Mountains, NC
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Sorrowful are the ironies in a man-aged world. Grandmother and Grandfather Mountains and surrounds, especially lands northwest of the Blue Ridge Parkway, include some of the worst development in the Southern Appalachians, but also some of the most biologically diverse forests in the North America. A studied look west from Calloway Peak, Grandfather’s highest summit and a high point of the Blue Ridge at 5,946 feet, might take in nearly as many tree species as has all of Europe but also garish resort development of a sort few places in Europe would allow.
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I have lived in the North Carolina mountains all my life and I am ashamed to say that I have never visited Grandfather Mountain. I have always heard how nice it is. It is on my " To do " list.
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Grandfather Mountain is a beautiful place...it's almost unique among the Southern Appalachian peaks. However, it has a paved road to the summt! It has commercial crap built all over it. It has been all but wrecked by profiteers posing as conservationists. When you stand on the top and look out at our NC mountains, you can see the hideous creep of urban sprawl almost everywhere you cast your gaze. It can be very damned depressing.