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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND   

Park staff expects the Profile Parking Lot to fill up FAST during peak hours (approx. 9:00am-3:00pm).

We will have staff on site to direct parking, but if you have a flexible schedule and are only looking for a short hike, we recommend coming outside peak hours.

Maybe you can beat the heat with a late afternoon or evening hike!

 Last updated on: Friday, May 24, 2019

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 foot bridge 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 CAN NOT BE ESTIMATED AT THIS TIME
 
Campers must register at Profile Trail Head 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 24, 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.

 

Appropriate for ages 16 and up; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pets please.
Have you ever been hiking and wondered how trails are constructed and maintained? Perhaps you’ve wanted to volunteer to help and didn’t know how? Well we have a great opportunity for you! What better way to spend National Trails Day 2019 than by expanding your knowledge and donating some time to our trails! Join Ranger Musumarra for this 5-hour program dedicated to teaching an introduction to trail maintenance! The program will begin with an overview of trail maintenance procedures and will progress to working on the trail. Total hiking distance will be less than 3 miles round trip. Please come prepared with water and food, sturdy boots, and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Gloves, eye protection, and tools will be provided for you. This program is suitable for ages 16 and up, participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please leave pets at home. Meet at the Profile Trail Parking Area at 10:00am.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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

 

Map of North Carolina

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