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Recent black bear activity   

Be aware that black bears have been active in the area within Grandfather Mountain State Park. Please use extra caution while hiking and camping. 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, May 25, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Grandfather Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

828-963-9522


grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses
 

Park office

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

GPS: 36.1549, -81.7872

 

Profile Trail parking area

4198 N.C. 105 N.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1197, -81.8350

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646
 


Other accesses
 

Boone Fork parking area

Mile marker: 299.9
Blue Ridge Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1200, -81.7813
(managed by NPS)

 

Asutsi Trail parking area

Blowing Rock Highway
(U.S. 221)
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

GPS: 36.1163, -81.7773
(managed by NPS)

 

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646

GPS: 36.0851, -81.8462
(fee charged)
 

Hours
 

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  • To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis. However, they may close due to weather conditions.
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 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.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

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.

 

(NOTE: THIS HIKE IS NOW FULL.)

Date of Event:
Fri, 06/25/2021 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail parking area of Grandfather Mountain State Park; 4198 NC Hwy 105 N, Banner Elk, NC 28604

The Southern Appalachian forests are home to a diverse population of trees species.  Join a Park Ranger for hike to help learn and identify our forest neighbors. If you have guidebooks or binoculars, they will enhance the experience. This will be a slow-paced hike on natural surface trails covering less than two miles for about two hours.  Come dressed for the conditions and please leave pets at home.  All ages are welcome. Please RSVP for hikes by phone 828-963-9522 or at grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.  Participation is limited.

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/27/2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail parking area of Grandfather Mountain State Park; 4198 NC Hwy 105 N, Banner Elk, NC 28604