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March 1- May 24th; Boone Fork Lot Affected   

Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway for maintenance on the Linn Cove Viaduct will affect access to the Boone Fork Parking Lot from March 1st to May 24th, 2018.

A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone.

The Parkway will be closed to all uses including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians within the closed area. The closed area includes the trail areas beneath the viaduct.

The Boone Fork Parking Area will be accessible from the north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but not from the south.

 Posted on: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 1:45pm
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 a Park Ranger for a one hour program about the items every day-hiker should have. Are you ready for your day hike? What if something happens, are you prepared for whatever nature throws your way? After this program you will be! Meet at the Grandfather Mountain State Park office at 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk, NC 28604.  If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-963-9522 or contact Ranger Luke Appling at

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Grandfather Mountain State Park Office

Appropriate for all ages; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no pets. | 2-mile hike round trip. 
When you walk through the woods, what do you see? Most of us see the plants, animals and nonliving objects but fail to read the story behind these. If you know what to look for and how to ‘read’ the forest you get a glimpse into the past and understand the how and why of what brought the forest to its current state. Join a Ranger and learn the skills of reading the forest. Become forest literate and unlock the secrets of the forest! Bring snacks and water.  Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions and wear hiking footwear. We will have a brief discussion followed by a hike lasting approximately 2 - 2.5 hours.  For Directions to the Boone Fork parking lot, visit

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/11/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076, -81.781358)

Water and air are around us all the time even when we cannot see them. Air fills every place that isn’t filled with another substance, so as you wave your hand through the air you are moving the air molecules out of the way so that your hand can take their place. Water is quite often mixed in with the air molecules in the form of clouds, fog, condensation, etc. In celebration of the North Carolina Science Festival Join Ranger Sicard anytime between 10am and 12 noon to learn a bit more about the cool things water and air can do together by using interactive activities. The activities are free and are appropriate for ages 8yrs and older.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Lot, 4198 Hwy 105 S.

With living in or visiting the Grandfather Mountain State Park area one thing is obvious...there are a lot of great hiking trails in the area to explore. If you are new to hiking or have never hiked before this is the program you’ll want to attend. Join a Ranger for this “easy” one mile round trip hike to learn how to become a more confident hiker for many different types of terrain and weather conditions you may encounter. During the hike, we will discuss the basic items you should have with you any time you hike, clothing and or apparel for specific conditions, how to dress appropriately for various hiking conditions, and how to place all these items in your pack so that you do not get worn out from just having them with you. Like packing a suitcase to get everything in it for a trip there are ways to pack a backpack to allow your hike to more comfortable as you carry it with you.  This program is appropriate for ages 12 and up. No pets will be allowed on this hike.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
NEW Profile Parking Lot (4198 Hwy 105) - across from Pedalin' Pig Restaurant in Banner Elk

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
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.

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