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Trail Closure Update- 02/14/2019   

 CLOSED:

Nuwati and Cragway trails

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 (hikers need to use another access)

 
ALL CLOSURES ANTICIPATED UNTIL AT LEAST JULY, 2019

 
Campers must register at Profile Trail Head regardless of where your hike begins.
 
Contact us for more information:
(828) 963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov
www.facebook.com/grandfathermountainstatepark
 

 Last updated on: Thursday, February 14, 2019

ALERT: Winter Trail Conditions   

Winter in the mountains brings ice, cold temperatures, high winds and hazardous hiking conditions.  If you go hiking, TURN AROUND before you are cold and tired.  Upper elevation hiking is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.

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.

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

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 capabilities.
Be mindful that it gets dark early, and temperatures drop quckly at dusk.

Check local weather before your hike. Since we don't have our own weather station, go to Ray's Weather and look at a nearby spot with comparable elevation, such as Sugar Mountain Top or Seven Devils. http://averyweather.com/Forecast/Sugar+Mountain+Top

 Last updated on: Friday, January 25, 2019

Camping

Backpack camping

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.

Contact:

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
Phone828-963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.111200
Longitude: -81.811140

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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