Grandfather Mountain State Park
Park staff expects the Profile Parking Lot to fill up FAST during peak hours (approx. 9:00am-3:00pm).
We will have staff on site to direct parking, but if you have a flexible schedule and are only looking for a short hike, we recommend coming outside peak hours.
Maybe you can beat the heat with a late afternoon or evening hike!Last updated on: Friday, May 24, 2019
STATUS HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE SUMMER, 2018
Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed from storm and flood damage.
Closure includes ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge
Boone Fork foot bridge which connects the Boone Fork parking area with Tanawha and Daniel Boone Scout trails remains closed due to structural damage from flooding. This bridge is on National Park Service property and a date for repairs has not been provided. Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout trail by parking at the Boulder Field parking area and hiking north on the Tanawha Trail 2.8 miles. Your cooperation is appreciated
OPENING DATE CAN NOT BE ESTIMATED AT THIS TIME
Campers must register at Profile Trail Head regardless of where your hike begins.
Contact us for more information:
Grandfather Mountain State Park is initiating campsite fees and campsite reservation requirements for all our campsites beginning June 1, 2019. All campers will be required to reserve their campsite in advance by calling 1.877.722.6762 or going to the Reserve America Reservation System at www.reserveamerica.com. Park staff strongly recommends making reservations in advance, as cell service at the trailheads is not reliable and visitors may not be able to connect with Reserve America at the trailheads.Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019
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.
Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
⇒ NOTICE: PARKING
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: There is no shuttle service to or from any of the trailheads. If you hike to the swinging bridge or any other trailhead, you must be able to hike back.
⇒ NOW HIRING
Grandfather Mountain State Park is currently accepting applications for several seasonal positions. Details can be found in the links below:
9872 N.C. 105 S.
Banner Elk, NC 28604
GPS: 36.111200, -81.811140
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.
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646