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
Profile Trail Parking Area:
4198 NC Hwy 105 N
Banner Elk, NC 28604
From Asheville (approx 70 mi): Travel I-40 East (approx 21 mi). Take Exit 72 and follow US-70 E (Old Fort) to US-221 N (approx 11.5 miles). Turn left and follow US-221 for approximately 32 miles. Turn right onto Newland Hwy. At the next intersection, turn left onto 105 S and travel approximately 4.5 miles. Profile Trail Parking area will be on the right about a quarter mile past NC 184 (McDonald's & Lowes Foods) [Click for Google directions]
From Winston-Salem (approx 100 mi): Travel I-40 W to US-421 N Exit. Travel west on 421 through Wilkesboro to Boone (approx 81 mi). Turn left onto 105 S. Profile Trail Parking area will be on the left (approx 13 mi). [Click for Google directions]
Interim Park Office Physical Address:
9872 Hwy 105 S.
Grandfather View Village
Banner Elk, NC 28604
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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