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9872 N.C. 105 S.
Suite #6
Banner Elk, NC 28604

828-963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.111200, -81.811140

 

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.

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

Winter Weather Warning   

Winter weather is here!

During the colder months be especially mindful that it gets dark early, and temperatures drop quckly at dusk.

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

 

Minimum Gear Necessary for Winter Weather Hiking:

1. Ice Traction- Microspikes

2. Extra Water

3. Extra Food

4. Extra Clothing Layers (synthetic fabrics, wool, or silk- no

cotton)

5. Headlamp

 

Please make sure to check the local weather conditions before your hike. Since we don't have our own weather station, we check raysweather.com, and look at a nearby spot with comparable elevation, such as Sugar Mountain Top or Seven Devils. http://averyweather.com/Forecast/Sugar+Mountain+Top
 

UPPER ELEVATIONS:

Ice and snow persist at higher elevations throughout winter. Snow and ice on ridgeline.

LOWER ELEVATIONS:

Temperature fluctuations at lower elevations can make trails both icy and muddy. If hiking the lower Profile Trail, remember: GET MUDDY! Stay on the trail and do not walk around wet spots, as this creates more damage to the natural resources. There is a boot scraper and boot brush for you just as you get off the Profile Trail.

STREAM CROSSING:

Both rain and melting snow can make the Profile Trail stream crossing at mile 1.5 hazardous due to high water. Rangers recommend turning around if the water line is above boulders in crossing.

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.

 

KNOW YOUR LIMITS. This includes current physical ability, level of experience in winter alpine conditions, what kind of gear you have, and overall preparedness. Weather and temperatures can change dramatically and rapidly and you do not want to get caught unprepared. Do not hike beyond your experience.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday Hours   

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation (the private attraction with the Swinging Bridge) will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Those hiking out to the Swinging Bridge must plan to HIKE BACK since no one will be able to enter the attraction to pick them up at the top.

The State Park and its trails will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 

 Last updated on: Monday, November 18, 2019

Profile Trail Renovations   

Major trail renovations are being done on the Profile Trail and will last through 2020. 

The trail WILL remain open during this time unless otherwise stated. To ensure the safety of contractors and other hikers, please be aware and follow trail workers’ guidance for safe passage. Your cooperation ensures the trail will remain open during this time.

 Last updated on: Monday, November 18, 2019

Camping


Reservations
 

 Find and book a campsite or facility online

 Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762


Available camping facilities
 

Backpack camping

Camping is allowed with a permit at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system, including the Hi-Balsam Shelter.

Reservations are required for all 13 campsites. All campsites must be reserved in advance, which can be made as late as the same day. We recommend making your reservation prior to your park visit, as cellular service is not reliable at the park. A fee is charged for all campsites, and campers must have a reservation code to be able to camp. Camping fees are listed at the bottom of this page.

Upon your arrival, please fill out a camping registration permit at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking lot. You must register for a permit on-site, in addition to making your reservation online.

Camping is permitted in the designated areas only, which are identified by signs at the campsites and with a camping icon on the trail map. There is no dispersed camping (camping off a designated site) on the mountain. All camping regulations apply to hammock campers.

All 13 campsites are hike-in backcountry, primitive sites. There is no car camping. There are no facilities. The terrain is rugged and can be challenging. Trailheads are near 3,800 feet in elevation and Calloway Peak reaches 5,946 feet.

Please do not disturb nearby campers. Take care to protect the terrain and plant and animal life.


Important information
 

Alternate access

If the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed, hikers can access the trails via the Asutsi Trail, adding 0.4 mile to their hike. Asutsi Trailhead is located on U.S. 221 at the GPS coordinates: 36.11639, -81.77732.

 

Campfire regulations

Fires are permitted at lower elevation campsites, but not on Grandfather Trail and not at or above the Hi-Balsam Shelter.

On sites where fires are permitted, use designated fire rings only. Use only dead firewood on the ground and do not cut or damage any live vegetation. Do not bring firewood from outside the park.

Campfires may be banned during dry periods. For cooking, a gas-powered backpacking stove is recommended.
 

Drinking water

Water is available only from intermittent streams. There is no water above the Daniel Boone campsite on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail or above Shanty Spring on the Profile Trail. Filter, boil or treat all drinking water.
 

Bear advisory

This is bear country — all food and scented items must be hung away from the tents. All trash and food scraps must be packed out. Leave a clean site.

 

Changes and cancellations

Reservation changes and cancellations cannot be made online or via email. Please call the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762 to change or cancel your reservation. Please note that there is a $3 fee per night to cancel a reservation.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by the reservations system to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.


Campsite details
 

Parking and trailheads

 

Click each link below to read more details about the campsite.

From Boone Fork parking area: 1.2-mile hike, elevation gain of 368 feet, average hiking time of 45 minutes

From Profile Trailhead: 6.5-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 6 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 15 feet off of the trail. There are no tent platforms. Cables to hang food are provided — follow the red triangles. A stream is located at the campsite. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 1.3-mile hike, elevation gain of 487 feet, average hiking time of 50 minutes

From Profile Trailhead: 6.6-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 6 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 800 feet off of the trail (follow marked spur trail uphill). There are no tent platforms. Cables to hang food and a stream are both located along the spur trail to the campsite. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 1.5-mile hike, elevation gain of 588 feet, average hiking time of 1 hour

From Profile Trailhead: 6.8-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 6.5 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 50 feet off of the trail. There is an 8- by 8-foot tent platform. Cables to hang food are provided — follow the red triangles. A steam is located at the trail, right before the campsite. The stream can get too deep to cross safely after heavy rains; campers must use their own judgment and common sense. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 1.6-mile hike, elevation gain of 595 feet, average hiking time of 1 hour

From Profile Trailhead: 7-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 6.5 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 25 feet off the end of the trail. There is one tent platform. Cables to hang food are provided — follow the red triangles. A small stream is located off the back of the site — follow the blue markers. The stream across the Nuwati Trail before Storyteller Rock can get too deep to cross safely after heavy rains; campers must use their own judgment and common sense. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 2-mile hike, elevation gain of 1,040 feet, average hiking time of 1.5 hours

From Profile Trailhead: 5.5-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 4.5 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 30 feet off of the trail. There are three wooden tent platforms; each one measures 8 feet by 8 feet. Cables to hang food are provided — follow the red triangles. There is an intermittent stream nearby — follow the blue markers. A minimum of seven campers is required to use the site, and a maximum of 12 campers is permitted. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 2.7-mile hike, elevation gain of 1,594 feet, average hiking time of 2.5 hours

From Profile Trailhead: 4.8-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 4 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 800 feet off of the trail. There are no tent platforms. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 3.3-mile hike, elevation gain of 1,804 feet, average hiking time of 3 hours and 15 minutes

From Profile Trailhead: 4.2-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 4.5 hours

This site consists of a three-sided wooden shelter with a metal roof. It is located 100 feet off of the trail. Campfires are prohibited. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 3.4-mile hike, elevation gain of 1,837 feet, average hiking time of 3 hours and 15 minutes

From Profile Trailhead: 4.1-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,146 feet, average hiking time of 4 hours

This site is 10 feet off of the trail. There is an 8- by 8-foot wooden tent platform. Campfires are prohibited. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 3.9-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,041 feet, average hiking time of 3.5 hours

From Profile Trailhead: 3.7-mile hike, elevation gain of 1,822 feet, average hiking time of 3.5 hours

This site is 75 feet off of the trail. There are no tent platforms. Campfires are prohibited. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 4.1-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,041 feet, average hiking time of 4 hours

From Profile Trailhead: 3.7-mile hike, elevation gain of 1,650 feet, average hiking time of 3.5 hours

This site is 100 feet off of the trail. There are four wooden tent platforms, each measuring 8 feet by 8 feet. Campfires are prohibited. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A minimum of seven campers is required to use the site, and a maximum of 12 campers is permitted. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 4.5-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,144 feet, average hiking time of 4 hours and 15 minutes

From Profile Trailhead: 4.1-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,012 feet, average hiking time of 4 hours

This site is 10 feet off of the trail. There are no tent platforms. Campfires are prohibited. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A minimum of seven campers is required to use the site, and a maximum of 12 campers is permitted. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 4.8-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,278 feet, average hiking time of 5 hours

From Profile Trailhead: 4.4-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,280 feet, average hiking time of 4.5 hours

This site is 30 feet off of the trail. There is one tent platform. Campfires are prohibited. There are no cables for hanging food, and there is no water source. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 

From Boone Fork parking area: 5.5-mile hike, elevation gain of 2,041 feet, average hiking time of 5 hours

From Profile Trailhead: 2.5-mile hike, elevation gain of 944 feet, average hiking time of 2 hours

Campfire is permitted in the provided stone fire ring. The site is 25 feet off of the trail. There are no tent platforms. Cables to hang food are provided across the trail from the campsite. A natural spring is located 0.75 mile above the campsite on the trail. Boil or filter all water. A maximum of six campers is permitted on the site. Campers must complete on-site registration form, located at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking area.

 


Camping rates
 

Campsite type

Summer

April 1 to
October 31

Winter

November 1 to
March 31

Primitive campsite
(maximum capacity of 6)

$15

$15

Primitive group campsite
(maximum capacity of 12)

$35

$31

 

all rates listed above include $3 reservation fee

 

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm