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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, February 12, 2016 - 2:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm
Profile Parking Area CLOSED   

Due to winter conditions, the Profile Parking Area is CLOSED.  Note: the trail is still open – alternate parking is required.  Please check back for updates.

 Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 8:30am
IMPORTANT: Winter Weather Conditions   
  • Please continue to monitor weather for the mountain.  Light snow possible on Friday and bitterly cold temperatures are predicted for Saturday, especially Saturday night.  A significant snowfall is also in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.  To check weather conditions and forecasts, visit  
  • ​​Hiking or camping in these conditions can be dangerous.  We do not recommend hiking and camping unless you are an experiened alpine hiker and have the proper winter equipment and clothing for these mountain conditions.  Do not attempt to hike or camp if you are not experienced or prepared.
  • Trails will continue to be snow covered and icy.  Please do not hike without proper traction for shoes.
 Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:09pm

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