Grandfather Mountain State Park is now open. Please note that the Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed, as well as the campsites on the Nuwati Trail, as noted below.Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Significant heavy rains in May caused serious erosion damage to all park trails. Nuwati and Cragway Trails remain closed indefinitely while plans for repairs are actively being coordinated. The four campsites on Nuwati: Streamside, Hermitage, Storyteller Rock and Refuge, are closed. All other state park trails are open, but the foot bridge across Boone Fork, that leads hikers from Boone Fork parking lot to the Daniel Boone Scout trail is also closed due to unsafe footings. The Boulder Field Parking lot is the closest Parkway access, between mile markers 302 and 303; this adds 2.8 miles (one way) to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail hike.Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Bear activity has been reported on most of the trails in this region, including within the state park. As of 9/10/2018, no human/bear incidents have been reported in the park or immediate region, but, as always, visitors should take all usual bear safety precautions. Heavy rains have delayed native berry production so bears are actively looking for new food sources. Keep a clean lunch spot (or campsite): pack out all trash and food scraps to keep people and bears safe. For more information on bear safety, see the following website: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears
Camping is allowed with a permit at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system, including at the Hi-Balsam Shelter. Follow the directions on the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for self-registration at or near the trailheads. Camping is permitted in designated areas only — identified by nearby signs and a camping icon on the trail map.
Campers may leave vehicles at either the Profile Trail or Blue Ridge Parkway trailheads. No vehicles may be left overnight in the Grandfather Mountain attraction.
Fires are permitted at lower elevation campsites, but not on Grandfather Trail or 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. Please do not bring firewood from outside the park. Campfires may be banned during dry periods. For cooking, a gas-powered backpacking stove is recommended.
Water is available only from intermittent streams. There is no water above Daniel Boone Campsite or Profile Campsite. All untreated water should be purified by boiling for 10 minutes or by using purification chemicals, or through use of a filtering device.
This is bear country — all food and scented items must be hung away from the tents, and all trash and food scraps must be packed out. Leave a clean site.
Please do not disturb nearby campers, take care to protect the terrain and plant life and carry all trash from the site upon leaving.
The Daniel Boone Backpack Campsite is the only campsite that can be reserved in advance. See the Fees/Faqs/Rules for more information.
Camping permits are required, even with a reservation. Permits are located at the self-registration area near the Boone Fork Parking area.
Call 1-877-722-6762 or visit the reservations website to make reservations for the Daniel Boone Campsite.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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