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Current Trail Closure Status: 5/24/2019   

STATUS HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE SUMMER 2018

CLOSED: 
Nuwati
and Cragway trails remain closed from storm and flood damage.
Closure includes ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge
Boone Fork footbridge, which connects the Boone Fork parking area with Tanawha and Daniel Boone Scout trails, remains closed due to structural damage from flooding. This bridge is on National Park Service property and a date for repairs has not been provided. Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail by parking at the Boulder Field parking area and hiking north on the Tanawha Trail 2.8 miles. Your cooperation is appreciated.

OPENING DATE CANNOT BE ESTIMATED AT THIS TIME

Campers must register at Profile Trailhead 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: Friday, May 31, 2019

Changes to Camping Fees and Reservations   

Grandfather Mountain State Park is initiating campsite fees and campsite reservation requirements for all our campsites beginning June 1, 2019.  All campers will be required to reserve their campsite in advance by calling 1.877.722.6762 or going to the Reserve America Reservation System at www.reserveamerica.com.  Park staff strongly recommends making reservations in advance, as cell service at the trailheads is not reliable and visitors may not be able to connect with Reserve America at the trailheads.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019

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.

 

The wilds of the Southern Appalachians can be a useful to those knowledgeable in woodcraft and a curse to those who consume a misidentified plant. Join a Ranger for a stroll through the woods and learn some science and folklore behind our botanical bounty. We will not be collecting or consuming plants during this program. Wear close toed shoes and dress for the weather.

All ages welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/21/2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Parking Area and Facility (4198 N. Highway 105)

Learn about one of North Carolina’s most beloved and elusive creatures, the black bear! Join Ranger Musumarra for a half-hour program focused on an overview of the black bear’s life and habits, and bear safety tips for home and trail. Meet at Profile Trail Head. 

The program will be held outside, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

All ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave pets at home.

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/21/2019 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Join Ranger Musumarra for a guided hike on the Profile Trail to learn more about Grandfather Mountain State Park. We’ll walk approximately two miles, round trip and be out for about two hours. The terrain is moderate, sometimes steep and often muddy. Bring whatever snacks and water you need, and dress for the weather. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.

All ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/28/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Grandfather Mountain State Park is home to many endangered species, one of which is the Spruce-Fir Moss Spider. Come learn about this creature and how it is a measure of forest health and environmental quality. 

This interactive program will be outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

All ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave pets at home.

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/11/2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Come celebrate NC State Park's Annual Interpretive Theme "SNAKES" at Grandfather Mountain State Park!
Grandfather Mountain State Park will be hosting an event from 10:00am until 2:00pm focusing on snakes, especially the snakes of NC. Don’t let your discomfort or fear of snakes keep you from attending. This is the perfect time for you to scale back your fear by learning about snakes in a controlled environment before you see one in the wild. All ages are welcome, and there will be activities for both children and adults.  A detailed schedule of events will be published mid-summer.
 

Date of Event:
Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Prrofile Trail Parking Area (4198 Hwy 105 N. Banner Elk NC)

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

828-963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 36.111200, -81.811140

 

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