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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

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
     

 

 

 

 

 

PARK CLOSED   

Grandfather Mountain State Park is closed until further notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state. All accesses, trails, parking areas, camping areas, restrooms, and the park office are closed.

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: Monday, March 30, 2020

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.

 

This event has been canceled.

Join a park ranger for a guided hike of the newly acquired State Natural Area. We will meet at the entrance of Bear Paw located at the very end of Dutch Creek Road.

This will be a moderate hike lasting 2 hours. Terrain is moderate; unmaintained roadbeds, uneven and often muddy. Wear closed-toe, walking shoes, dress for the weather and prepare to be outside. Water and snacks recommended. You may bring field guides, cameras, binoculars. All ages welcome; participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

Date of Event:
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Paw State Natural Area is located at the very end of Dutch Creek Road Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/HSbWFuGpodp

Save the date!

More information to come.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 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 "FIRE" at Grandfather Mountain State Park!
Get Outside at Grandfather Mountain State Park and learn about the different roles fire is used to benefit the natural ecosystems we have across the globe. When fire is used properly it can have many different positive outcomes that benefit our local communities, backyards, as well as larger statewide benefits. More information to come.

All ages are welcome, and there will be crafts and activities for both children and adults. More information to come!

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/28/2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Prrofile Trail Parking Area (4198 Hwy 105 N. Banner Elk NC)

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 grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

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