Winter in the mountains brings ice, cold temperatures, high winds and hazardous hiking conditions. If you go hiking, TURN AROUND before you are cold and tired. Upper elevation hiking is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.
Ice and snow persist at higher elevations. Snow and ice on ridgeline: Rangers do not recommend hiking in these conditions. Do not attempt the Grandfather Trail without ice traction, proper gear and winter alpine hiking experience.
Winter weather temperature fluctuations at lower elevations can make trails both icy and muddy. If hiking the lower Profile Trail, remember: GET MUDDY! Stay on the trail and do not walk around wet spots, as this creates more damage to the resource. There is a boot scraper and boot brush for you just as you get off the Profile Trail. Both rain and melting snow can make the Profile Trail stream crossing at mile 1.5 hazardous due to high water. Rangers do not recommend crossing if water is above boulders in crossing.Last updated on: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Nuwati and Cragway trails
ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge
Boone Fork foot bridge which connects the Boone Fork parking area with Tanawha and Daniel Boone Scout trails (hikers need to use another access)
ALL CLOSURES ANTICIPATED UNTIL AT LEAST JULY, 2019
Campers must register at Profile Trail Head regardless of where your hike begins.
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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