Last spring, Grandfather Mountain State Park experienced heavy, prolonged rains that severely damaged and eroded park trails, making some areas impassable. Damage to the Nuwati and Cragway trails was so extensive that repairs will require contracting outside work. The wet weather continued as Grandfather Mountain experienced 10 feet of precipitation in 2018, compounding the damage to all our trails. Park staff are working to get contracts underway while repairing what we are able to on the other trails.
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 can access the Daniel Boone Scout trail by parking at the Boulder Field parking area and hiking north on the Tanawha Trail 2.8 miles.
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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Spring is here, but spring in the mountains can still bring ice, cold and wind, along with those beautiful warm days. Be prepared for cold weather and muddy and icy trails. Please stay on the trail: cutting switchbacks or getting off the trail to keep your feet dry leads to erosion and resource damage.Last updated on: Monday, March 18, 2019
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We are now accepting applications for 2019 seasonal positions with Grandfather Mountain State Park.
For more information, visit the jobs page or visit our office at
9872 Hwy 105 South, Suite #6 (Banner Elk).
Office Hours: Mon-Fri (8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
You may also contact us at 828-963-9522 or
Grandfather Mountain State Park is our featured park for August!
When visiting Grandfather Mountain State Park, it is important to remember that you are in Bear Country!
Bears, including mamas with cubs, are active and have recently been seen in the state park, on adjacent trails and in the general surrounding areas.
To avoid bear encounters, experts recommend the following:
Grandfather Mountain State Park experienced heavy, prolonged rains during the last two weeks of May. State park trails were damaged and eroded extensively, making many areas impassable or dangerous. Repairs to the trails will take time. The Cragway and Nuwati Trails will remain closed until repairs are complete. This closure includes the four campsites along the Nuwati Trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock and The Refuge.
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