> 08/26/14 Park Maps -
We are currently out of printed park maps; we are in the process of ordering more. If you plan to hike at the park, it would be helpful if you could print and your own map. We apologize for this inconvenience. We will have more maps in the near future. [DOWNLOAD MAP]
> 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: 2014-08-26 10:17:41
Trek across a scenic landscape that is home to 70 rare and endangered species and 16 distinct
natural communities. The mountain is an International Biosphere Reserve. There's no more
appropriate place to obey the maxim: Take only photos; leave only footprints.
Hikers should be aware of their timing and hiking ability when hiking the trails at Grandfather
Mountain. NC State Rangers and Grandfather Mountain attraction staff will not provide rides
from any of the trail heads to or from another location. It is the hiker's personal responsibility
to make appropriate accommodations to get from one place to the other.