FREE FAMILY DAY EVENT!Grandfather Mountain State Park Family Day will be held August 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Park.
Participants will have the opportunity to earn a State Park Stewardship Certificate by participating in fun activities.Scheduled Programs:
Search and Rescue Dog Team Demonstration: 10:30AM to 11:00AM
Stream Ecology: 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Metamorphosis Relays: 12:30 to 1:00PM
Stream Ecology: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
History of Grandfather Mountain Presentation 2:00PM to 2:30PM
Stream Ecology: 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Many Hats of a Ranger Skit: 3:30PM to 4:00PMSpecial Family Day Hike
- meet at Lowes Foods parking lot at 8:30AM for shuttle. Pre-registration is required
, please call 828-963-9522 or email: email@example.com to pre-register. See below for detailed information
Arts and Crafts, Lepidoptera activities, new camping and hiking gear exhibit and much, much more! There is something fun for kids and adults alike!
Live Music throughout the day, sponsored by ASU’s Split Rail Records.
Please contact the park office at 828.963.9522 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
-----------------------------------Profile Trail Hikes/ Family Day EventDATE: August 23, 2014
MEETING LOCATION: Lowe’s Foods Grocery Parking Lot by McDonalds (intersection of hwys. 105 and 184)
PRE-REGISTRATION: Call 828.963.9522
As part of Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Family Day Event on August 23, Boone’s very own hiking club, The Chargers and Re-Chargers are leading hikes of varying difficulty levels on the Profile Trail. If you ever wanted to tackle the Profile, but needed a little encouragement, this is your chance!
Experienced Hike Leaders will lead the hikes and local Naturalist Bob Cantu will share knowledge of the native flora and fauna found along the trail. All hikers are welcome and may choose from the following hiking options:AVAILABLE HIKES
Easy: two mile round trip with a 100’elevation gain
Moderate: 3.5 mile round trip to Foscoe View with a 500’ elevation gain
Strenuous: 5.5 mile round trip to Shanty Springs with a 1,600’ elevation gain
Very strenuous: 7 mile round trip to Calloway Peak with a 2,046’ elevation gain
Hikers on the easy hikes will return by 12:30pm, which will leave time to participate in other Family Day events. The Shanty Springs and Calloway Peak hikes will take most of the day.
Please no dogs. Please wear sturdy hiking boots, bring snacks and water, dress in layers and bring a rain jacket. Don’t forget your hiking poles if you use them.
Hike leaders are providing a shuttle for hikers from the Lowes Grocery Parking Lot, near McDonalds (intersection of Hwy 105 and 184) to the small Profile parking lot. Hikers are to meet at Lowe’s at 8:30am. The shuttle will leave the parking lot promptly at 9am. VIEW Directions to Lowes Foods Shopping Center
Pre-registration is required by August 22. Call the park office at 828.963.9522 to register.
> 7/28/14 Bear sightings have increased recently. Sightings have been reported on the Tanawha and Cragway Trails. This is normal activity with ripe berries and late summer approaching.
6/14/14 Campers on Daniel Boone Campsite reported hearing what they thought sounded like more than one bear near the campsite.
No human-bear interaction has been reported and this is not intended to alarm hikers. Rather, it is intended to remind hikers to be diligent about packing out all trash, keeping clean campsites and lunch sites and keeping dogs on leashes.
Campers: hang all food and scented items away from your campsite. There are cables for this purpose on all the campsites on the Nuwati Trail. There is a cable at the Daniel Boone Campsite, but lifting cables have been broken: campers can still use the supporting cable with their own throw ropes. Do not, ever, take food into your tent. Do not burn food or food containers: take them with you.
Please report all bear sightings or activity to the park office at 828.963.9522
> Summer Hiking Notice
-- Summer weather can be dangerous. Immediately head down the mountain if you hear thunder or see lightning. Hypothermia can occur in the summer: bring extra clothing. Stay hydrated, wear proper clothing/shoes and monitor the weather. If you are hiking to the swinging bridge, you must have a pre-arranged ride or hike back down. The attraction staff will not drive you to your vehicle. Vehicle access to the bridge is closed before sunset. Hiking to the bridge is very strenuous: it is NOT easier than hiking up the Profile or Daniel Boone Scout Trails. Do not exceed your abilities: turn around if conditions are unfavorable for you. BEARS – Campers must hang all food. Pack out all trash and do not leave food scraps in the fire ring. Hikers – also do not leave any food behind.
> ATTENTION CAMPERS
-- Our park offers 13 backpack camping sites (See map for campsite and registration locations)
. At this time, there is no fee to camp in the park; however, camping permits are REQUIRED
. Campers must self-register at the trailheads. Please Note: In addition to completing a permit,
campers are asked to write in dates of occupancy for their selected campsite on the “CAMPER REGISTRATION”
form (located on clipboard at registration area). This is extremely important for all campers, so they know which sites are taken before hiking to a particular site. This is an aid only and does not guarantee availability of a campsite. If a site is marked as occupied, it is unavailable to other campers.
Please remember that camping is permitted on designated sites only. Camping in undesignated areas is a citable offense.
> The Swinging Bridge -
the state park property does not
include the swinging bridge and animal habitats. These areas are part of the private Grandfather Mountain Attraction. For more information about the private attraction, please call 828-733-4337 or visit www.grandfather.com
> Monitor local weather before heading out on the trails - LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION
Check our website often for updates. Please call our office if you have any questions: 828.963.9522.
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Updated: 2014-08-20 12:00:55