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Section of Grandfather Trail Closed for Construction   

PARTIAL Trail Closure on the Grandfather Trail - from the trailhead (private attraction parking lot) to the intersection at the Grandfather Extension Trail.  (Until Further Notice)

  • DETOUR:  If hiking from the backcountry to the bridge: Hikers can only access via the Grandfather Trail > Grandfather Extentionsion Trail > Black Rock Trail > Bridge Trail > Top Parking Lot      NOTE:  Hikers are not permitted to hike on the road from Black Rock parking to the top parking area.
  • Hiking from the private attraction:  Hikers must use the Grandfather Extension Trail to access the Grandfather Trail from the Black Rock parking lot.

Please direct all questions to our park office at (828) 963-9522 or  For detailed detour information, please email our office.

 Posted on: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 4:49pm
Campsite Availability for Holiday Weekend   

As of 4:00pm, Friday (05/27), all campsites at our park have been occupied, with ten of the thirteen sites taken for two or more nights.   Please remember that camping is only permitted on designated campsites.  

 Posted on: Friday, May 27, 2016 - 4:11pm

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Grandfather Mountain has been an icon in North Carolina’s landscape for generations, offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. This state park opens the mountain’s 2,456-acre backcountry to spectacular hiking and backpacking. The park is known for some of the South’s most severe weather and challenging terrain, with trails that have hikers scrambling along cliffs and up ladders. Access to 12 miles of trails and backpack camping sites is generally from the Profile Trailhead on NC 105 or trailheads along the adjacent Blue Ridge Parkway. However, trails can also be reached from the park of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation (which includes the mile-high swinging bridge and other attractions) and there is a fee for this access.

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Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
Latitude: 36.111390
Longitude: -81.812500

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, May, September, October: 8am - 8pm
June, July, August: 8am - 9pm

To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis; however, they may close due to weather conditions.

OFFICE HOURS:  The state park office is open Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. You may contact our office during business hours or after hours; leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

If you are accessing the state park trails through the private Grandfather Mountain Attraction and parking at the Black Rock or Top Shop Parking Lots, please note that overnight parking is not permitted within the attraction.  If you have a vehicle in their parking lot, you must return from your hike by their closing time. Hikers should contact the attraction for their hours of operation.  828.733.4337
** Important: Be aware that there is no shuttle service from the attraction back to your vehicle at other trailheads. The same is true for hiking from the bridge - there is no shuttle service from the trail parking lots back to vehicles left at the private attraction.  

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646