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Update: New Profile Parking Area Open   

The New Profile Trailhead is Open. It is .3 mile south of the old trailhead on highway 105. The address is 4198 Highway 105, Banner Elk 28646.

 Posted on: Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 7:09am
Events and Programs

Grandfather Mountain State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join Ranger Sicard around the campfire to hear "the legend of the Brown Mtn Lights".  Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to sit around the campfire in as Ranger Sicard reads "Belinda and the Brown Mountain Lights" an excerpt out of the book Mountain Ghost Stories and curious tales of Western North Carolina by Randy Russell and Janet Barnett. Along with the story we will discuss some of the thoughts behind these lights and why they occur both factitious and scientifically based. This program will be approximately an hour long and outside so please dress for the local weather conditions and bring a chair to sit in. A campfire will be going to warm up around. 

Date of Event:
Tue, 10/31/2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk

After the wildfires we had last there have been many questions about what goes into fighting a fire. Join Ranger Sicard for an in-depth look at the process used to fight fires. During this presentation participants will learn about the different kinds of fire there are and what resources go into suppressing them. Some videos and pictures taken from the actual fire lines will be used in the presentation as an added bonus of what it is like to be a wildland firefighter.  This will be an hour minimum presentation and appropriate for ages 16 and older.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/04/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

After the wildfires we had last there have been many questions about what goes into fighting a fire. Join Ranger Sicard for an in-depth look at the process used to fight fires. During this presentation participants will learn about the different kinds of fire there are and what resources go into suppressing them. Some videos and pictures taken from the actual fire lines will be used in the presentation as an added bonus of what it is like to be a wildland firefighter.  This will be an hour minimum presentation and appropriate for ages 16 and older.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/05/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

Appropriate for ages 10 and up (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Please leave pets at home.

Celebrate State Parks “Year Of The Spider” by Joining Ranger Sicard for a PowerPoint presentation focused on the Spiders that can be found in North Carolina. This program will discuss the basic types of spiders and species that we have as well as some identifying markings on the spider.  

Please contact the park office with any questions:  828-963-9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

Appropriate for ages 10 and up (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Please leave pets at home.

Celebrate State Parks “Year Of The Spider” by Joining Ranger Sicard for a PowerPoint presentation focused on the Spiders that can be found in North Carolina. This program will discuss the basic types of spiders and species that we have as well as some identifying markings on the spider.  

Please contact the park office with any questions:  828-963-9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/26/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)
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

Park Hours:

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.

ATTENTION HIKERS:
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.  

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646