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Grandfather Mountain State Park

A hiker enjoys the view at Grandfather Mountain State Park
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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.

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.

Note: 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, contact the attraction for their hours of operation: overnight parking is not permitted there.  828.733.4337

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