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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

Winter Weather Warning   

Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding areas are expecting freezing rain, snow and single digit temperatures beginning the evening of November 11th and continuing for several days.  Trails and campsites could become extremely dangerous.  Check with park officials for closures and updates before attempting any backcountry access. 

 Last updated on: Monday, November 11, 2019

BEAR SAFETY GUIDELINES   

Seeing a bear in its wild, natural environment is a very special experience; and is not an imminent risk – as long as you keep your distance, act responsibly.

Please adhere to the following guidelines to stay safe in Bear Country:
*Make enough noise so that you do not surprise a bear. You can put bells, or other noise maker on your pack to make noise as you hike.
* Keep your dog on a leash.
* If you notice a bear nearby, pack up your food and trash immediately and vacate the area as soon as possible.
* If a bear approaches, move away slowly; do not run.
* If necessary, attempt to scare the animal away with loud shouts, by banging pans together, or throwing rocks and sticks at it.
* Never approach and never feed a bear.

Campers-
* Do NOT store food in tents.
* Properly store food and scented items like toothpaste by using a bear-proof container/ hang food away from campsite.
* Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills, or other areas of your campsite.
* Do not leave food unattended.
* Never run away from a bear- back away slowly and make lots of noise.

For more tips, visit:
http://go.usa.gov/czWbW 
https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Profile Trail Renovations   

Major trail renovations are being done on the Profile Trail and will last through 2020. 

The trail WILL remain open during this time unless otherwise stated. To ensure the safety of contractors and other hikers, please be aware and follow trail workers’ guidance for safe passage. Your cooperation ensures the trail will remain open during this time.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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.

 

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

This year, you can be thankful for the opportunity to join a ranger on a refreshing hike after our nation's favorite feast day!  We’ll hike three miles, round trip, on the lower Profile Trail. The terrain is easy to moderate with several small hill climbs, uneven and rocky natural trail tread; muddy if wet. Wear closed-toe hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and prepare to be outside. Water and snacks recommended. You may bring field guides, cameras, binoculars.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/30/2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604