Grandfather Mountain State Park is now open. Please note that the Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed, as well as the campsites on the Nuwati Trail, as noted below.Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Significant heavy rains in May caused serious erosion damage to all park trails. Nuwati and Cragway Trails remain closed indefinitely while plans for repairs are actively being coordinated. The four campsites on Nuwati: Streamside, Hermitage, Storyteller Rock and Refuge, are closed. All other state park trails are open, but the foot bridge across Boone Fork, that leads hikers from Boone Fork parking lot to the Daniel Boone Scout trail is also closed due to unsafe footings. The Boulder Field Parking lot is the closest Parkway access, between mile markers 302 and 303; this adds 2.8 miles (one way) to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail hike.Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Bear activity has been reported on most of the trails in this region, including within the state park. As of 9/10/2018, no human/bear incidents have been reported in the park or immediate region, but, as always, visitors should take all usual bear safety precautions. Heavy rains have delayed native berry production so bears are actively looking for new food sources. Keep a clean lunch spot (or campsite): pack out all trash and food scraps to keep people and bears safe. For more information on bear safety, see the following website: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears
There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.
Grandfather Mountain State Park is adjacent to a privately-owned attraction, which does charge admission to their grounds and facilities. The state park does not charge admission. Contact the Grandfather Mountain attraction for information about their fees.
Hiking and Camping permits are free and mandatory. Hikers and campers must be able to produce a valid permit when on state park trails or campsites. This permit system ensures safety for hikers and helps us protect the natural resource. Hikers and campers must leave the white copy of the permit in the permit box located at or near the trail head and keep the yellow copy in their possession. Permits can be obtained from the Profile Trailhead parking area located off of Hwy 105 and along the Tanawha Trail before accessing the Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout Trails located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity permit application or obtain one from the park office.
Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.
There are three entry points to the hiking trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park. Hikers should be aware of their timing and hiking ability when hiking the trails at Grandfather Mountain. NC State Rangers and Grandfather Mountain attraction staff will not provide rides from any of the trail heads to or from another location. It is the hikers personal responsibility to make appropriate accommodations to get from one place to the other.
West Side - From NC 105 near its intersection with NC 184 in Banner Elk, the trailhead for the Profile Trail offers parking. At Calloway Gap, along the ridge, the Profile Trail connects to other trails in the system.
East Side - From the Blue Ridge Parkway area, there are two points of access. Most hikers use the Boone Fork Parking Area at mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The second is the Parkway's Asutsi Trail (the only winter access when the Parkway is closed) – located on Hwy 221, 1.6 miles south of Holloway Mtn. Road (GPS: 36.116347, -81.777314). From either of these points, hikers can follow the Parkway's Tanawha Trail south to reach Grandfather's Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout trailheads. (Note: no camping is allowed on trails of the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway).
Grandfather Mountain Attraction - Hikers park either at the Black Rock parking area or the Top Shop parking area to access the state park trails from the private attraction. Entrance fees apply to all hikers who use this parking area and this entry to the backcountry trail system.
The Daniel Boone Backpack Campsite is the only campsite available by reservation. This campsite is designated for one group of seven to twelve campers.
Reservations may be made as late as one day in advance. If the site is not reserved by midnight, the site is available for walk-ins for one night without the reservation fee. Reservations will be posted at the trailhead by 8:30am during peak season. Walk-ins must check in with the park office at 828-963-9522 or the kiosk at the Boone Fork parking lot for current reservations and must vacate the site by 12pm if it is reserved for that night.
Call 1-877-722-6762 or visit the reservations website to make reservations for the Daniel Boone Campsite.
Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit ($35 fee). If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand.
You can download a Special Activity permit application or obtain one from the park office.
A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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.
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646