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Profile Sensory Hike

Profile Sensory Hike

Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please leave pets at home.

Experience the Profile Trail with Ranger Sicard by taking a guided hike that focuses on more than what meets the eye.   Participants are encouraged to bring along a notepad or nature journal and a pen or pencil.  We will make several stops along the hike to do rubbings of textures, smear soil on pages, and find other opportunities to fully take in the array of senses we have.  This will be a 2 mile round-trip hike and will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.  Please meet at the Profile Trailhead on NC-105, bring any snacks and water you may need for the duration of the hike, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. For more information please contact the park office 828-963-9522 or email:

Date of Event: 
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location: 
Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
Latitude: 36.111200
Longitude: -81.811140

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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