Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed from storm and flood damage.
Closure includes ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge
TRAIL REPAIRS ARE WELL UNDERWAY, BUT OPENING DATE CANNOT BE ESTIMATED AT THIS TIME
The bears at Grandfather Mountain have been ACTIVE- multiple sightings have been reported in and around the state park.
Seeing a bear in its wild, natural environment is a very special experience; and is not an imminent risk – as long as you keep your distance, act responsibly.
Please adhere to the following guidelines to stay safe in Bear Country:
*Make enough noise so that you do not surprise a bear. You can put bells, or other noise maker on your pack to make noise as you hike.
* Keep your dog on a leash.
* If you notice a bear nearby, pack up your food and trash immediately and vacate the area as soon as possible.
* If a bear approaches, move away slowly; do not run.
* If necessary, attempt to scare the animal away with loud shouts, by banging pans together, or throwing rocks and sticks at it.
* Never approach and never feed a bear.
* Do NOT store food in tents.
* Properly store food and scented items like toothpaste by using a bear-proof container/ hang food away from campsite.
* Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills, or other areas of your campsite.
* Do not leave food unattended.
* Never run away from a bear- back away slowly and make lots of noise.
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Grandfather Mountain State Park is initiating campsite fees and campsite reservation requirements for all our campsites beginning June 1, 2019. All campers will be required to reserve their campsite in advance by calling 1.877.722.6762 or going to the Reserve America Reservation System at www.reserveamerica.com. Park staff strongly recommends making reservations in advance, as cell service at the trailheads is not reliable and visitors may not be able to connect with Reserve America at the trailheads.Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019
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 permits are free and mandatory. Hikers must be able to produce a valid permit when on state park trails. This permit system ensures safety for hikers and helps us protect the natural resource. Hikers 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 N.C. 105 and along the Tanawha Trail before accessing the Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout trails located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Camping permits are also mandatory. Campers must register for a camping permit upon arrival at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking lot. The camping permit is required, in addition to making a reservation online.
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.
A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
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.
Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
Reservations are required for all 13 campsites.
Reservations may be made as late as the same day. We recommend making your reservation prior to your park visit, as cellular service is not reliable at the park. A fee is charged for all campsites, and campers must have a reservation code to be able to camp.
Upon your arrival, please fill out a camping registration permit at the Profile trailhead or at the kiosk near the Boone Fork parking lot. You must register for a permit on-site, in addition to making your reservation online.
April 1 to
November 1 to
Primitive group campsite
all rates listed above include $3 reservation fee
9872 N.C. 105 S.
Banner Elk, NC 28604
GPS: 36.111200, -81.811140
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