Camping is allowed with a permit at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system including the Hi-Balsam Shelter. Follow the directions on the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for self-registration at or near the trailheads..
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.
Camping is permitted in designated areas only—identified by nearby signs and a camping icon on the trail map. 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 that's on the ground. If carrying in firewood from out of the park, it must be free of emerald ash borer and must all be burned; do not leave wood from out of the park on the site. 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
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.
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: Be aware that there is no shuttle service from the attraction back to your vehicle at other trailheads. The same is true for hiking from the bridge - there is no shuttle service from the trail parking lots back to vehicles left at the private attraction.
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646