Grandfather Mountain State Park
Hiking to the Bridge? Hike back down or have pre-arranged ride.
... details ±
If you are hiking to the swinging bridge: you must have a pre-arranged ride or hike back down the trail. The attraction staff is not permitted to give rides to hikers and hikers are not permitted to hike down the Attraction road.
Call 828.733.4337 for Attraction gate hours.
BE AWARE THAT RIDGELINE CONDITIONS ARE MORE EXTREME THAN LOWER ELEVATIONS. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS HIKE IF YOU ARE NOT PHYSICALLY PREPARED AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED.
Updated: 2014-03-10 15:44:25
> 03/07/14 3:44PM - Upper elevation areas of park trails are still icy and slick. Please plan accordingly with equipment, clothing, food and water. See our Winter Hiking Notice below.
> When the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed,
state park trails can be accessed via the NPS Asutsi Trail off US-221. The GPS coordinates for the parking area off 221 are 36.116347, -81.777314
. To check on Parkway road closures, visit http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures
> Winter Weather Hiking Notice
-- These trails are NOT easy and winter conditions are to be taken seriously.
Hikers who are NOT experienced alpine hikers with ALL the appropriate gear should NOT hike above the Profile View on the Profile Trail and Flat Rock on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail.
The ridgeline should NOT be attempted by hikers who are not EXPERIENCED in WINTER ALPINE conditions. Ridgeline conditions can be extreme and icy cliffs and drop-offs are dangerous. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS MOUNTAIN!!!
Average time for a carryout of an injured hiker from the ridgeline is TEN HOURS. Most injuries occur after 3pm: are YOU prepared to be out in the elements as the temperature drops after sunset for TEN HOURS???
If your plan is to hike to the “Swinging Bridge” – be advised that the Private Grandfather Mountain Attraction may close their road access to the bridge due to wind and/or ice conditions at any time of any day without notice. If this is your plan – CALL the attraction in advance 828.733.4337. This is YOUR responsibility.
Every hiker should have a MINIMUM of ice traction, extra water, extra food, extra layers of clothing and a headlamp – regardless of your destination. (Example of ice traction for shoes: http://www.facerunners.com/larevista/?p=6674
/ This link is meant as an example only
Volunteer rescue teams will NOT endanger their lives to rescue stranded hikers in extreme weather conditions.
Keep in mind that temperatures on the ridgeline can be 10+ degrees colder and windier. Plan accordingly with warm clothing. Please check local weather for forecast.
> Monitor local weather before heading out on the trails - LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION
> The new re-route is now OPEN on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail.
The re-route affects the trail section from Flat Rock (at intersection of Daniel Boone Scout & Cragway trails) to just below the Daniel Boone campsite. This re-route has made little to no change to the length/distance of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. Please view the park map for location - [PARK MAP]
Check our website often for updates. Please call our office if you have any questions: 828.963.9522.
[Real-Time Blue Ridge Parkway closures http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures
Updated: 2014-03-10 15:44:25
P.O. Box 9, Linville, NC 28646
GPS: 36.11139, -81.81250
WHAT'S BLOOMING? Check out Grandfather Mountain's Bloom Calendar.
In 2008, agreement was reached for the state parks system to acquire 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain to become North Carolina's newest state park. The property is commonly known as the backcountry of the famous travel destination. The purchase completes a long-held vision of Grandfather Mountain Inc. and the Morton family (the heirs of company founder Hugh Morton) to guarantee the mountains' continued preservation. The acquisition was arranged with the help of The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy, which holds conservation easements on the mountain covering nearly 4,000 acres. The acquisition was financed by the Parks and Recreation and Natural Heritage trust funds. In early 2009, the General Assembly formally authorized Grandfather Mountain State Park. This gives the state parks system the option of seeking additional acreage for traditional park facilities. Any additional tracts or facilities would be identified and prescribed through a public master planning process.
Grandfather Mountain Attraction - Please note: Grandfather Mountain State Park does not encompass the private Grandfather Mountain attraction, though the state park trails can be accessed from parking areas at the attraction. As a way to guarantee that Grandfather Mountain will remain in its current state forever and assure the public continued access to its peaks, the owners of the attraction established the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. The Grandfather Mountain attraction will continue to operate as it has since the 1950s, alongside the new state park but under the management of the Foundation. The attraction's admission fees continue to provide visitors the grand vistas from the mile-high swinging bridge, and access to the park's nature center, wildlife habitats and other amenities. Popular events, such as the Highland Games and the Singing on the Mountain will still be held at the attraction. Complete information about the attraction, its activities and events can be found at www.grandfather.com.
The acquisition agreement gives North Carolina a conservation easement on the 749 acres where the attraction is located. At this time, however, the state parks system has no management responsibilities for the Grandfather Mountain attraction and its facilities.