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Status of park facilities as of June 11   

Backcountry campsites are open at Grandfather Mountain State Park.. All campers must reserve a campsite online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. You have until 9:00pm the day of your arrival to reserve the site; however, we recommend making your reservation before you go to the park, as cellular service is not reliable and Aspira's phone lines have recently had long wait times.

Trails and restrooms are open. Restroom facilities are closed periodically throughout the day, so that staff can adhere to cleaning protocols. Please be patient with the staff during this time. The park office remains closed.

Visitors are expected to wear masks while in the park and adhere to the social distancing standards while on the trails and in the parking lot area. Entry to the park will be restricted if the park reaches max capacity or if social distancing standards are not being adhered to.

Please note: the Grandfather Mountain attraction (Mile-High Swinging Bridge) is managed by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Please visit their website for their current operating status.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Nuwati Trail and Campsite Closure   

The Nuwati Trail from its intersection with the Cragway Trail to Storteller's Rock will be closed from Tuesday, August 4th to Thursday, August 6th for trail work. This includes the Refuge, Storyteller's Rock, Hermitage and Streamside backcountry campsites.

The Nuwati Trail from the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Cragway Trail will remain open during this time.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Grandfather Mountain State Park

Contact the park




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)



  • 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


  • 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.


Save the date!

More information to come.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/26/2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

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

Autumn is a very special time when the mountain becomes an evolving tapestry of vibrant hues deepening in saturation up until the peak and inevitable Fall. Come Hike with Ranger Sicard and learn how to identify deciduous trees based on the specific colors and chemistry behind that change. During this hike participants will learn what causes the leaves to turn the colors they do, which trees will usually are the first to turn, and several other interesting facts about the process these leaves go through when changing colors.This program will be approximately 2 hours long. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and include any water or snacks you will need during the hike.

For more information, please contact us at 828-963-9522 or

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/10/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 299.9