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Fall Colors Hike

Map of North Carolina – Grandfather Mountain State Park

Contact the park




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 area

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)



  • 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


  • 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




Fall Colors Hike

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

Date of Event: 
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Start Location: 
Boone Fork Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 299.9

Hike Length and Difficulty: 
2 Mile Roundtrip, Moderate Terrain

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 1:00pm