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Park has reopened   

Grandfather Mountain State Park is now open. Please note that the Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed, as well as the campsites on the Nuwati Trail, as noted below.

 Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
9/10/2018 Trail and Campsite Closures   

Significant heavy rains in May caused serious erosion damage to all park trails. Nuwati and Cragway Trails remain closed indefinitely while plans for repairs are actively being coordinated.  The four campsites on Nuwati: Streamside, Hermitage, Storyteller Rock and Refuge, are closed. All other state park trails are open, but the foot bridge across Boone Fork, that leads hikers from Boone Fork parking lot to the Daniel Boone Scout trail is also closed due to unsafe footings. The Boulder Field Parking lot is the closest Parkway access, between mile markers 302 and 303; this adds 2.8 miles  (one way) to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail hike.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
BLACK BEAR ACTIVITY 9/10/2018   

Bear activity has been reported on most of the trails in this region, including within the state park. As of 9/10/2018, no human/bear incidents have been reported in the park or immediate region, but, as always, visitors should take all usual bear safety precautions. Heavy rains have delayed native berry production so bears are actively looking for new food sources. Keep a clean lunch spot (or campsite): pack out all trash and food scraps to keep people and bears safe. For more information on bear safety, see the following website: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears
 

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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 Ranger Appling for a guided hike in appreciation of National Public Lands Day. This program will be an approximately 2-hour long hike along the new section of the Profile Trail. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and include any water or snacks you will need during the hike.  No pets will be allowed during this hike.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by learning about one of NC’s most beloved and elusive creatures, the black bear! Join Ranger Musumarra for roughly a one hour program focused on an overview of the black bear’s life and habits, and bear safety tips for home and trail. Meet at the Profile Trail Parking area.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Be the first to tell your fiends what kind of trees they are seeing when the trees change colors in preparation for the winter.  Come Hike with Ranger Sicard and learn how to identify deciduous trees based on the specific colors and chemicals in them at the time they change. This program will be approximately an hour long hike along the new section of the Profile Trail. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and include any water or snacks you will need during the hike.  The program is suitable for ages 8 and older (participants younger than 16 must have a parent/guardian present). No pets will be allowed during this hike.

Date of Event:
Mon, 10/08/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area (4198 Hwy 105 South)
Contact:

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
Phone828-963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.111200
Longitude: -81.811140

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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