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Impending Snow Storm- PARK WILL CLOSE AT 4PM SAT, 12-8-18   

ADVISORY: PARK CLOSES 12-8-18 AT 4:00PM

REOPENS: TBD

Due to an impending snow storm, the State Park will close at 4:00pm on Saturday, 12/08/2018 for visitor safety. This closure includes all park visitors, hikers, pedestrians, and campers.

Park reopening has yet to be determined, due to the unpredictable nature of the conditions.

Please check back for announcements.

 Posted on: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Trail Closure Update- 11/30/2018   

 CLOSED:

Nuwati and Cragway trails

ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge

Boone Fork foot bridge which connects the Boone Fork parking area with Tanawha and Daniel Boone Scout trails (hikers need to use another access)

 
ALL CLOSURES ANTICIPATED UNTIL AT LEAST JULY, 2019

 
Campers must register at Profile Trail Head regardless of where your hike begins.
 
Contact us for more information:
(828) 963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov
www.facebook.com/grandfathermountainstatepark
 

 Posted on: Friday, November 30, 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.

 

Few things are better than enjoying the great outdoors but would you be prepared if something went wrong? Do you have the skills and equipment to survive an unplanned night outdoors? Join a Ranger to learn the Basics of Wilderness Survival. We will handle equipment, learn the minimum gear to carry and practice making survival fires. Bring your own gear to show and share if you want. 
The program will be held outside and last approximately 1 hour, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 Hwy 105 South)

Grandfather Mountain State Park is home to many endangered species, one of which is the Spruce-Fir Moss Spider. Come learn about this creature and how it is a measure of forest health and environmental quality. 

This interactive program will be outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

All ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave pets at home.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

When you walk through the woods, what do you see? Most of us see the plants, animals and nonliving objects but fail to read the story behind these. If you know what to look for and how to ‘read’ the forest you get a glimpse into the past and understand the how and why of what brought the forest to its current state. Join a Ranger and learn the skills of reading the forest. Become forest literate and unlock the secrets of the forest! Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions and wear hiking footwear. We will have a brief discussion followed by a hike lasting approximately one hour.

​Appropriate for ages 8 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets.

Date of Event:
Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 Hwy 105 South)

 

Get 2019 off to a great start with a ranger-led hike on the Profile Trail! Join Ranger Musumarra for an approximately 3 mile round trip hike on the lower profile trail. This section of the trail is considered to be of moderate difficulty. Bring any water and snacks you may need and dress appropriately for the weather. Please wear closed-toe shoes, preferably hiking boots.
All ages welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets. 
Meet at the Profile Trail parking area at 10:00am.

 

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 10:45am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 Hwy 105 South)

Kick off the New Year with a bit of fresh air and exercise!  Join Ranger Appling for a stroll along the lower Profile Trail for an unforgettable winter hike. This section of the trail is moderately strenuous and hiking boots are strongly recommended. Bring any water and snacks you may need and dress appropriately for the weather.

All ages welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets.

Meet at the Profile Trail parking area at 2:00pm.

 

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 N. Hwy 105)
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

Map of North Carolina

 

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