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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.

 

Free and Open to the Public - Join a park ranger for a guided wildflower walk in Grandfather Mountain State Park.  There is a walk for everyone – some are more challenging but some do not venture far from the parking lot.  Grandfather Mountain produces an amazing variety of wildflowers, which change from week to week, so join us throughout the season to experience the changes!  This hike is Easy - We’ll stay within 1/8 mile of the parking lot: this is perfect for someone who does not want to walk far and still see a lot of wildflowers.  Dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside.  Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. 

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

How many times have you walked passed something and not realized it was there until it was pointed out to you or it moved? Chances are pretty good this has happened to you and if so this program is for you. Join Ranger Sicard to celebrate "Grandparents Day" and learn the many ways animals use camouflage in the wild and also how to be more attentive when hiking out on the trails to notice more neat things than what is right on the trail.  This will be about a 30-minute program consisting of a presentation and an interactive part for attendees to try and locate several “staged” animals in the area around where the program is held.  To attend, meet at the Boone Fork Parking Area located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 299.9. Please call the park office if you have any questions 828-963-9522. Email: grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Free and Open to the Public - Join a park ranger for a guided wildflower walk in Grandfather Mountain State Park.  There is a walk for everyone – some are more challenging but some do not venture far from the parking lot.  Grandfather Mountain produces an amazing variety of wildflowers, which change from week to week, so join us throughout the season to experience the changes!  This hike is Moderate - Two miles, round trip.  The trail is easy but rocky and can be muddy.  Dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, bring water and be prepared to be outside.  Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

Join a Park Ranger to learn about how the living and non-living things interact in mountain streams. What are all of those bugs and other critters swimming and crawling through the creek? We will catch and identify what type of creature they are and what these species could tell us about water quality. Nets will be provided. Any participants wanting to get into the stream should bring waders or clothes that can get wet and a towel to dry off.  Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300.  For more information, please contact us at 828-963-9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Appropriate for ages 10 and older; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave pets at home.

Celebrate State Parks “Year Of The Spider” by Joining Ranger Sicard for a PowerPoint presentation focused on the Spruce Fir Moss Spider, A globally endangered species that can be found in less than 5 places in the World. One of those places is Grandfather Mountain State Park.  

For more information please call Andy Sicard at the park office 828-963-9522 or email: grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date of Event:
Sun, 05/07/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)
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

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.

ATTENTION HIKERS:
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