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Grandfather Mountain State Park

A hiker enjoys the view at Grandfather Mountain State Park
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Bears and Yellow Jackets   
  • We would like to remind park visitors that black bears are present and active in our park.  Please remember to be diligent in keeping your food and scented items properly stored and hung away from your tents.  Properly dispose of all trash by carrying it out with you (do not burn trash).  For more information on camping and hiking in bear country, visit:
  • Yellow Jackets are active in the park.  Yellow jackets nest in the ground and should be avoided.  Be alert to seeing several in one location and be aware if they are flying into a hole in the ground.
 Posted on: Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:57pm
Are you visiting the Mile-High Swinging Bridge?   

Please note: The Mile-High Swinging Bridge is part of a privately owned attraction; it is not managed by the state park. Questions about rates and hours can be obtained by contacting their office at 828-733-4337.

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:17pm

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