In accordance with Executive Order 215, as well as guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face masks are no longer required for visitors in most settings outdoors and indoors at our state parks.
We strongly encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing guidelines while visiting. In addition, we strongly encourage both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to wear a face covering in areas with large volume of children or while taking part in child-focused activities.
The annual Grandfurther Race will be held at Grandfather Mountain State Park along Profile Trail on Saturday, August 21st from 8 AM to 2 PM with approximately 150 runners. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, August 22nd.
The new Profile Connector is open effective July 15, 2021, after long-term construction. The connector offers additional trail mileage along the Profile Trail. The connector trail blaze is currently a florescent yellow diamond. The trailhead to access the Profile Trail and Profile Connector is located at 4198 NC Highway 105 North, Banner Elk, NC 28604.
Visitors seeking further information should call the park at 828-963-9522.
If you need your Passport stamped and the park office is closed, a Passport sticker can be obtained after park office hours upon request by emailing email@example.com. Please include the number of stickers needed, your name, and a mailing address.
To accommodate early hikes, park gates are not closed on a daily basis. However, they may close due to weather conditions.
November to February:
8:00am to 6:00pm
March to May:
8:00am to 8:00pm
June to August:
8:00am to 9:00pm
September to October:
8:00am to 8:00pm
Closed Christmas Day
Open Monday to Friday:
8:00am to 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.
Closed Christmas Day
Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.
This is a reminder that dogs must be kept on a 6-foot leash when visiting the park. We have this policy in place to protect the natural resources from trampling and for the safety of all visitors, both human and canine. There seems to be a lot of resistance to this rule, so we want to offer some further clarification as to why this rule is so critically important and, consequently, why we will be enforcing it more strictly going forward.
On September 18, 2019, major trail renovations will begin on the Profile Trail and will last through the following year. The trail WILL remain open during this time unless otherwise stated. To ensure the safety of contractors and other hikers, please be situationally aware and follow trail workers’ guidance for safe passage.
The Third Annual Grand-further Mountain Run will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, with a rain date of August 25, 2019. The race begins at 8:00am at the Lowe’s parking lot and all race participants are required to be off the mountain by 2:00 p.m. The race follows the Profile Trail up to the Grandfather Trail, continues up and over Calloway Peak, down the Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Boone Fork, and back the same route. All 150 participants must practice good trail etiquette and must be off the mountain by 3:00 p.m.
Camping is allowed with a permit at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system, including the Hi-Balsam Shelter. Currently, the Daniel Boone Campsite (group site for 7 - 12 campers) is reservable in advance, with a fee, and all other sites are available without a fee on a first come, first served basis. Starting June 1, 2019, all 13 campsites will be reservable in advance for a fee by calling 1.877.722.6772 or going to www.reserveamerica.com.