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Winter Hiking Advisory: What You Need to Know

Winter Weather Is Here!

From now through April, visitors can expect to encounter snow, ice, extreme cold temperatures and high winds.

Hiking above Profile View on the Profile Trail and Flat Rock View on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is not recommended for inexperienced or unequipped hikers. High winds, cold temperatures and unseen ice are all trail hazards that should be taken seriously. 

Don't brave ridgeline trails unless you are experienced in winter alpine conditions and fully prepared for the weather with all necessary gear.

Bear Activity

When visiting Grandfather Mountain State Park, it is important to remember that you are in Bear Country!

Bears, including mamas with cubs, are active and have recently been seen in the state park, on adjacent trails and in the general surrounding areas.
 
To avoid bear encounters, experts recommend the following:

Update: Park Closures and Access

Grandfather Mountain State Park experienced heavy, prolonged rains during the last two weeks of May.  State park trails were damaged and eroded extensively, making many areas impassable or dangerous. Repairs to the trails will take time.  The Cragway and Nuwati Trails will remain closed until repairs are complete.  This closure includes the four campsites along the Nuwati Trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock and The Refuge.

Trail and Campsite Closures due to Heavy Rain

The trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park sustained extensive damage from the recent heavy rains of 11” in four days. The Nuwati and Cragway trails are closed indefinitely until repairs can be completed. This closure includes the four campsites accessed via the Nuwati trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge. In addition to safety concerns, foot traffic on these trails would cause further damage and erosion.

Grand-further Mountain Run

The Grand-further Mountain Run will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The race begins at 8:00am from the Lowe’s parking lot and all race participants are required to be off the mountain by 2:00pm. The race follows the Profile Trail up to the Grandfather Trail, goes up and over Calloway Peak, down the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, to the kiosk on the Tanawha Trail, back up Daniel Boone Scout and over Calloway Peak, out Grandfather Trail and down Profile. All 150 participants are instructed to practice good trail etiquette.

Boone Fork Parking Access Affected by Blue Ridge Parkway Closures

Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway for maintenance on the Linn Cove Viaduct will affect access to the Boone Fork Parking Lot from March 1st to May 24th, 2018.

A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone.