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March 1- May 24th; Boone Fork Lot Affected   

Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway for maintenance on the Linn Cove Viaduct will affect access to the Boone Fork Parking Lot from March 1st to May 24th, 2018.

A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone.

The Parkway will be closed to all uses including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians within the closed area. The closed area includes the trail areas beneath the viaduct.

The Boone Fork Parking Area will be accessible from the north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but not from the south.

 Posted on: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 1:45pm
Trails

Grandfather Mountain State Park offers more than 12 miles of trails lacing 2,456 acres along the mountain's ridgeline and its highest point at Calloway Peak. The trails offer magnificent scenery from rock outcrops and quiet forested coves near the mountain's crest. Permits are required.

Most of these trails are challenging; steep, rocky terrain can make progress slow at times. Hikers must use the trails' ladders and cables in some of the steeper sections. Be aware that hiking to the ridge area and back from the low-elevation trailheads may take a full day. Plan for enough time to get back to your vehicle before dark. And, wear proper clothing and carry adequate equipment.

Grandfather Mountain attraction employees and state park rangers patrol trails on a routine basis to offer help and directions, check for permits and monitor use of the backcountry.

 

Kids in Parks Track Trail
Location: Profile Trail from the parking lot (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)
Description: The Grandfather Mountain State Park TRACK Trail follows a portion of the park's Profile Trail from the parking lot to the large stream crossing. The trail to the large stream crossing and rock overhang is a mile walk (2 miles round-trip). Enjoy the rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers and travel under a lush hardwood canopy. The entire Profile Trail is a strenuous 6.2 mile round-trip hike and is not recommended for young children. The TRACK Trail is labeled with footprint trail markers, including an “End of TRACK Trail” marker. The trail is moderate and includes several small stream crossings. During heavy rainfall, stream crossings may be impassable and dangerous. For your safety, please do not enter the water when river levels are abnormally high.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Orange Diamond
Kids in Parks - TRACK Trail - http://kidsinparks.com/grandfather-mountain-state-park
Surface: Natural surface
Nuwati Trail
Location: Off Blue Ridge Parkway - Boone Fork Parking Area (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358)
Description: This trail follows the track of an old logging road. It’s an easy but rocky hike, including a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl and Calloway Peak from Storyteller's Rock. There are stream crossings, a solitary stand of big-tooth aspens and reminders of logging days gone by. Use extreme caution on stream crossings - do not attempt crossing streams in high water. Note: From the Blue Ridge Parkway area, there are two points of access. Visitors may park at the Boone Fork parking area at mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Parkway’s Asutsi Trail, which begins on US 221 (the only winter access when the Parkway is closed)(Asutsi Trail Parking GPS: 36.116354, -81.777297). Hikers can follow the Parkway’s Tanawha Trail to reach the Nuwati trailhead.
Point of Interest: Storyteller's Rock - Offers a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl and Calloway Peak
Length:
1.20 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Blue Circle
View of Calloway Peak from Storyteller's Rock (Nuwati Trail)
Surface: Natural surface
Profile Trail
Location: Hwy 105 South (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)
Description: Ascending a bout 1,775 feet over 3.1 miles, this trail begins at the Profile parking area on Highway 105 and ends at the Grandfather Trail at Calloway Gap. Beginning as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, this trail crosses the Watauga River and travels under a hardwood canopy for much of its length. Upper sections, beginning around Foscoe View, get steeper. Shanty Spring, at 2.7 miles, marks a transition into a strenuous pathway of tumble-down rock that joins the Grandfather Trail after a climb of 0.4 miles. It makes the transition out of the hardwoods and into the Canadian fir zone of the crest area. T he upper section is steep and rocky and calls for careful footwork. The upper portion of this trail is not recommended for pets. The first mile is a Track Trail ( www.kidsinparks.gov). Use extreme caution on stream crossings - do not attempt in high water.
Point of Interest: Profile View, Foscoe View, Shanty Springs
Length:
3.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Orange Diamond
Contact:

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
Phone828-963-9522
grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov
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.

ATTENTION HIKERS:
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