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Grandfurther Race on Profile Trail scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, 8 AM to 2 PM   

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. 

 Last updated on: Friday, July 23, 2021

New Profile Connector now open at Grandfather Mountain State Park   

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.

 Last updated on: Friday, July 23, 2021

Passport sticker requests   

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 grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov. Please include the number of stickers needed, your name, and a mailing address. 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 22, 2021 - 1:00pm
Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 3:00pm

Daniel Boone Scout Trail

Daniel Boone Scout Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Ascending about 2,000 feet over three miles, this hike begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Tanawha Trail and climbs to Calloway Peak, at 5,946 feet, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Range. About halfway up, at Flat Rock View, hikers reach the junction of Cragway Trail. The upper half of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is rough going but spiced with exquisite views, including one of Price Park and one of the Linn Cove Viaduct. Near Calloway Peak, in-place ladders and cables help hikers through steep sections. The upper portion of this trail is not recommended for pets.

Trail Location: 
(GPS: 36.113793,-81.780963) Hikers can access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail from the Boone Fork Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milemarker 299.9). From the parking lot, follow the Tanawha Trail for 0.6 miles to the Daniel Boone Scout Trailhead.
Trail Point of Interest: 
The 5946' Calloway Peak is at the summit of the Daniel Boone Scout and Grandfather Trails. Calloway Peak is not only the highest point on Grandfather Mountain, but the highest point on the Blue Ridge Range.
Trail Length: 
3.00 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
ladders
Trail Blaze: 
White Diamond

Map of North Carolina – Grandfather Mountain State Park


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