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Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain: A State Park Centennial Celebration

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Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain: A State Park Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 2:38pm
Something for Everyone! Celebration 100 Years in North Carolina State Parks at Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Two Day Centennial event! (August 26 & 27)

Something for Everyone!

On Friday, August 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, join us in a special event to celebrate the spectacular attributes of Grandfather Mountain and 100 years of NC State Parks.  Host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan and Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Dr. Patrick McMillan will present a moving and inspiring lecture about the 5,946-foot-high mountain which is home to over 70 threatened or endangered species.  Dr. McMillan has a lifelong love of the mountain and his presentation will both educate and inspire.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  A social with refreshments will precede the presentation from 7-7:30pm.
“Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain - A State Park Centennial Celebration”
Dr. Patrick McMillan
Friday, August 26
7:00pm to 9:00pm (Social from 7:00 – 7:30)
ASU Library, 218 College St, Boone (Room 114)
We hope that Friday evening’s presentation will inspire you to join us on Saturday for special Expeditions on Grandfather Mountain. These will be guided hikes on the Nuwati and Cragway Trails.   Naturalists, scientists and environmental educators will be stationed along the way to enliven your hike with spirited presentations.  Hikes will leave on the half hour from the Boone Fork Parking lot from 11am to 1:30pm.  The Nuwati Trail is moderately easy with a 700-foot gain in elevation.  The trail surface is uneven and rocky with some stream crossings.  There is an optional strenuous climb to Story Teller’s Rock where we will turn around.  Total hiking distance is three miles, round-trip, and will take two hours.
Longer guided hikes will leave at 11:15am and 12:15pm for a four-mile loop on the Nuwati, Cragway and Daniel Boone Scout trails.  These hikes will not include interpretive stations along the way.  This four-mile loop gains 950 feet in elevation, with 700 of those on the mile-long Cragway Trail, which is strenuous, very steep, rocky, and rutted.  Participants must be prepared for a strenuous hike and must be wearing appropriate closed-toe shoes and must have water.  Plan on three hours for this loop.
Expeditions on Grandfather Mountain
Saturday, August 27
11:00am; last expedition hike leaves at 1:30pm
Boone Fork Parking Lot; Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of mile marker 300 (GPS: 36.120076, -1.781358)

  • Nuwati Hikes leave every 30 minutes beginning at 11:00am, the last hike leaves at 1:30pm.
  • Cragway loop hikes leave at 11:15am and 12:15pm (longer and more strenuous hikes)
  • Plan on two hours for the Nuwati Trail; three hours for the Cragway loop.
  • No pets, please.
  • Bring water.
  • Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate for hiking.

Grandfather Mountain State Park: 828.963.9522;

A hiker enjoys the view at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
Latitude: 36.111200
Longitude: -81.811140

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
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.

If you are accessing the state park trails through the private Grandfather Mountain Attraction and parking at the Black Rock or Top Shop Parking Lots, please note that overnight parking is not permitted within the attraction.  If you have a vehicle in their parking lot, you must return from your hike by their closing time. Hikers should contact the attraction for their hours of operation.  828.733.4337
** Important: Be aware that there is no shuttle service from the attraction back to your vehicle at other trailheads. The same is true for hiking from the bridge - there is no shuttle service from the trail parking lots back to vehicles left at the private attraction.  

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646