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Grandfather Mountain State Park

A hiker enjoys the view at Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 11:00am
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 1:00pm
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 11:00am
Special Notice about Holidays
Posted on:  Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 4:20pm    

Grandfather Mountain State Park is open during the holiday season; all trails and campsites are available for use.  

IMPORTANT:  the private Grandfather Mountain attraction (with the bridge) is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and will close early on Christmas Eve. Hikers cannot be picked up or dropped off at the private attraction when it is closed.   If you hike to the bridge when the attraction is closed, you must hike back down to your starting location.  Our park staff cannot provide rides back to vehicles.

Please plan your hike with these closures in mind.   

Icy Conditions
Posted on:  Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 4:37pm    

Hikers should expect icy conditions along the upper sections of the trails.  Cold weather may keep icy spots from thawing.  It is highly recommended that you bring ice traction for shoes if you plan to hike the upper portions of the trails.

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