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Remember to Leash your Dog!

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Contact the park
 

828-963-9522


grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses
 

Park office

9872 N.C. 105 S.
Suite 6
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1549, -81.7872

 

Profile Trail parking area

4198 N.C. 105 N.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1197, -81.8350

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646
 


Other accesses
 

Boone Fork parking area

Mile marker: 299.9
Blue Ridge Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

GPS: 36.1200, -81.7813
(managed by NPS)

 

Asutsi Trail parking area

Blowing Rock Highway
(U.S. 221)
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

GPS: 36.1163, -81.7773
(managed by NPS)

 

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646

GPS: 36.0851, -81.8462
(fee charged)
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
     

 

 

 

Remember to Leash your Dog!

Hello Park Lovers!
 
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.
 
We have recently received several complaints from hikers who have encountered unleashed dogs and their owners. Whenever someone has their dog off leash, we always hear them say that their dog is friendly and well-behaved. While we understand the urge to let those doggos run free, public spaces (except dog parks) are really not the place to do it. You see, it just doesn’t matter how sweet and wonderful the pup is- it’s a matter of public safety, stewardship of public land, and the safety of the dogs themselves!
 
Even if an unleashed dog is truly friendly, other dogs might NOT be friendly. Some breeds or rescue animals may have aggression that needs to be carefully managed by their owners, and that cannot be done if your dog is off-leash and able to run right up to a more sensitive or reactive dog. Especially for dogs who have been abused, if an unleashed dog approaches, it could trigger the leashed dog and can put both dogs AND any humans nearby at great risk for attack and injury.
 
Furthermore, many people have been attacked by dogs and carry the trauma of those experiences. It can be incredibly distressing for someone who is afraid of dogs to encounter one off-leash when they are not expecting it. We want our park to be a safe and welcoming place for all visitors, so the responsible thing to do is leash the pooch!  When you let your dog off-leash, you are disregarding the comfort and safety of other visitors in favor of a little bit more freedom for your own dog. That’s simply not fair. 
 
Off-leash dogs themselves are at increased risk as well- not only could they approach another dog who might be aggressive and get severely injured, but they could also stumble upon wilderness hazards such as bears, skunks, snakes, toxic plants, and sick or rabid animals.
 
Finally, the park is here to protect these outstanding natural resources so that generations can continue to enjoy them. Grandfather Mountain State Park is home to over 70 rare and endangered species. Even the sweetest, most well-behaved dog can have a big impact on our delicate natural resources if allowed to roam off a leash- unintentionally trampling plants and wildlife.
 
We love seeing dogs out on the trails with their owners! Our canine visitors are some of our most enthusiastic and dedicated. For the safety and wellbeing of the humans, natural resources, and all canine visitors, it’s crucial that all dogs remain on a leash. Obeying this rule ensures that dogs can continue to enjoy our park with their owners. Disregarding this rule could result in dogs no longer being allowed in the park.
 
Thank you for loving your pups and thank you for loving the park!  Let’s all work together to make the park tranquil and safe for everyone

Sincerely,
Park Staff
 

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