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A hiker enjoys the view at Grandfather Mountain State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Backcountry campsites are open at Grandfather Mountain State Park, with the exception of group campsites. All campers must reserve a campsite online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. You have until 9:00pm the day of your arrival to reserve the site; however, we recommend making your reservation before you go to the park, as cellular service is not reliable and Aspira's phone lines have recently had long wait times.

Trails and restrooms are open. Restroom facilities are closed periodically throughout the day, so that staff can adhere to cleaning protocols. Please be patient with the staff during this time. The park office remains closed.

Visitors are expected to wear masks while in the park and adhere to the social distancing standards while on the trails and in the parking lot area. Entry to the park will be restricted if the park reaches max capacity or if social distancing standards are not being adhered to.

Please note: the Grandfather Mountain attraction (Mile-High Swinging Bridge) is managed by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Please visit their website for their current operating status.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Grandfather Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

828-963-9522


grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses
 

Park office

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

GPS: 36.1549, -81.7872

 

Profile Trail parking area

4198 N.C. 105 N.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1197, -81.8350

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646
 


Other accesses
 

Boone Fork parking area

Mile marker: 299.9
Blue Ridge Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1200, -81.7813
(managed by NPS)

 

Asutsi Trail parking area

Blowing Rock Highway
(U.S. 221)
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

GPS: 36.1163, -81.7773
(managed by NPS)

 

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646

GPS: 36.0851, -81.8462
(fee charged)
 

Hours
 

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  • To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis. However, they may close due to weather conditions.
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 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.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

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

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00am