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GPS DIRECTIONS - Are not reliable in this area.  Use CAUTION. 
Park staff recommend using the following directions. 

Gorges State Park is located in Sapphire, NC in Transylvania County. The park is approximately 45 miles southwest of Asheville. Follow Hwy 64west out of Brevard until you reach Sapphire, turn left on Hwy 281south, the park entrance is .7 miles on your left. The Visitor Center is located .5 miles inside the park on Grassy Ridge Road.

From Asheville, reach the park from I-26, taking exit 40 onto NC 280 and traveling west toward Brevard. Turn west on US 64 and travel toward Sapphire. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn left onto Frozen Creek Road, which is approximately two miles past NC 178. The east entrance is three miles on the right. To reach the Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park), turn south on NC 281 in Sapphire; the western park entrance is .7 miles on the left.

From Atlanta, GA, reach the park from I-85, taking South Carolina exit 1 onto SC 11 and traveling north toward Walhalla, SC. Turn north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the North Carolina state line. Continue north on NC 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately seven miles north of the state line on the right. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn east on NC 64 in Sapphire. Travel toward Brevard approximately eight miles and turn right on Frozen Creek Road. The east entrance is three miles on the right.

From Charlotte, reach the park by traveling west on NC 74 to I-26. Turn west on I-26, traveling toward Hendersonville. Take exit 49B to NC 64 and travel west through Brevard toward Sapphire. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn left onto Frozen Creek Road, which is approximately two miles past NC 178. The east entrance is three miles on the right. To reach the Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park), turn south on NC 281 in Sapphire; the western park entrance is .7 miles on the left.

From Greenville, SC, reach the park by traveling on US 276 north to SC 11. Take SC 11 south toward Walhalla, SC, and turn north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the North Carolina state line. Continue north on NC 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately seven miles north of the state line on the right. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn east on NC 64 in Sapphire. Travel toward Brevard approximately eight miles and turn right on Frozen Creek Road. The east entrance is three miles on the right.

 Posted on: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:02pm
Eclipse Weekend Saturday - Monday    

8/19/2017 Saturday - Eclipse Programming Day 10am - 6pm 
Family oriented programs all day!
Telescopes!
Guided Nature Hikes!
Eclipse Arts and Crafts!

8/20/2017 Sunday - Family Fun Day 10am - 5pm 
Live Music!
Food Trucks!
Face Paiting!
Local Vendors! 
Eclipse Programs!

8/21/2017 Monday - 2017 Total Solar Eclipse 
Get Here Early!
Gates Open at 5am!
Stay All Day!
Two prime viewing locations!
Food Trucks! 
2 min, 17 sec of Totality!

 

 Posted on: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:06am
Events and Programs

Gorges State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Family oriented programs all day!
Telescopes!
Nature Hikes!
Eclipse Arts and Crafts!
10 am - 6 pm

Eclipse Programs: 

  • 10am – Big Sun, Small Moon- Auditorium
    • Explore the reasons behind why the moon blocks out the sun during a solar eclipse
  • 11am – Waterfall / Nature Hike Upper Bear -VC Front Doors
  • 12 pm – Astronomy -Auditorium
  • 1pm – Solar Pizza- Amphitheater
    • Come and make a solar eclipse happen in the palm of your hands!
  • 2pm – Moon Phases and Eclipses– Auditorium
    • Investigate how Earth’s motions create the day and year, what causes moon phases. And what causes solar and lunar eclipses  
  • 3pm - Astronomy – Auditorium
  • 4pm – Eclipse Arts & Crafts – Classroom
  • 5pm – Waterfall / Nature Hike – VC Front Doors
  • 6pm – Astronomy – Auditorium 

View printable PDF

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This FREE Family Fun Festival will run on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  Live Music, Food Vendors, Exhibitors, Special Programs and MORE!  Plan to bring the WHOLE Family and Spend A Day the Park!

ALL Eclipse events and activities are proudly sponsored by the Friends of Gorges State Park

Eclipse Programs: 

  • 10am -11:30am – Land of Waterfalls Dulucimers, inside Visitor Center
  • 11:30 - 2 pm – Music by: Blue Ridge Bakery Boys
  • 12 pm – Astronomy Program-Auditorium
  • 1:30pm – Falconer, Peter Kipp
  • 2pm-4pm – Music by: Tina Eno
  • 3pm - Astronomy – Auditorium

View printable PDF for Sunday

 

Other Gorges State Park Weekend Eclipse Events:

Saturday, August 19 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.            

Monday, August 21 10 a.m.-4 p.m.                

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Park Visitor Center

Come to Gorges State Park for your prime viewing of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Monday, August 21, 2017. Special viewing locations, live music, food vendors, and live streaming of the Eclipse from P.A.R.I.  Sponsored by the Friends of Gorges State Park.

Park opens at 5am

 We recommend that you establish your viewing location before 11 am.

 Shade tents, umbrellas, lawn chairs, picinic baskets are encouraged.

 Don’t forget your sun protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.

 Plan to spend the entire day.

 Be prepared for changing weather conditions

 Picnic tables provided

 Live music 10 am to 4 pm

 Food trucks and vendors 10 am to 4 pm

Programs: 

  • 9am-1pm – "Singing Vegetables" Puppets in the Visitor Center Classroom
    • Explore the reasons behind why the moon blocks out the sun during a solar eclipse
  • 10am-12pm – Music by: Tina Eno
  • 10am-1pm- Quarter House Band
  • 12:30pm- 3:30pm – Music by: Blue Ridge Bakery Boys

 

View PDF of Monday's Events

 

See other local events with Eclipse activities!

All eclipse events and activities are proudly sponsored by the Friends of Gorges State Park. 

 

Date of Event:
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 5:00am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Park Wide - All Facilites

Grandparents Day – 9/10/17
               Join Park Superintendent and Grandfather Steve Pagano for a nice leisurely walk from the Park Visitor Center.  The walk will include: observations platforms, picnic areas and the Upper Bearwallow Falls.  Total walking distance @ 2miles or easy to moderate trails.  This will be a rain or shine event with No Reservations Needed ! 
Start Time: 10am
Location: Park Visitor Center

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Grandparents Day – 9/10/17
Contact:

Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Road
SapphireNC 28774
Phone(828) 966-9099
gorges@ncparks.gov, Caution: GPS directions in this area of the state are not reliable.
Latitude: 35.096000
Longitude: -82.951000

Park Hours:

General Park Hours
7am to Midnight

Picnic Areas
8am to Dusk

Visitor Center
Monday - Friday 
9am to 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 
9am  to 5pm 

Business Office Hours 
Monday - Friday 
8am to 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 
Closed