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Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Appropriate for ages 12 years and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

Did you know you can predict what color leaves the trees will change to during the fall season? When you see trees during the summer months in their lush green stages of growth typically you do not think about what color the leaf will become in the fall. But what if you could? Join Ranger Sicard to learn about the process which makes the trees' leaves change to the colors they do, and how you can predict what colors you will have where you live.  Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  For more information, please contact us at 828-963-9522 or

Date of Event: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location: 
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358)

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
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.

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