Be aware that black bears have been active in the area within Grandfather Mountain State Park. Please use extra caution while hiking and camping.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
All backpack campers must arrive at park no later than 7:00 pm for day of reservation.
Reservations must be made before arriving to the Park. Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.
The Canoe Campsites and Family Wilderness Campsites are primitive backpack sites only (2 miles or 2.5 miles from parking areas) with no water or electric.
The fireplace at the Fews Ford Picnic Shelter located at 6101 Cole Mill Rd. is closed for repair.
All day use areas, including trails and swim beach, close ONE HOUR prior to posted gate hours.
All trails are now open.
The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The storm on Friday, October 8, 2021, caused the bridge crossing Pat's Branch on Sycamore trail to wash out. Because of this, that portion of Sycamore trail will be closed from the trailhead to Group Camp Road.
In order to preserve the beauty in our parks, Chimney Rock State Park would like to remind visitors to please park only in designated areas. Parking along the grass, along road shoulders, and in front of parking signs causes congestion, damages access areas, and could result in a parking citation. Please respect our resources so that they may be utilized for future visitors.
If you have visited Grandfather Mountain State Park and need your NC State Parks Passport booklet stamped after park office hours, a Passport sticker can be requested by emailing email@example.com. Please include the number of stickers needed, your name, and a mailing address.
Due to staffing shortage, the park visitor center is currently open on a limited basis and may be closed during regular business hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. When the visitor center is closed, please visit the marina store for park information, camping check-in, restrooms, refreshments and other inquiries.
The gravel camper parking lot for Fanny's Ford Campground is closed due to construction. Fanny's Ford Campground Campers should park in the loop parking lot.
Weekend delays: Due to increased visitation, several parks are reaching parking space capacity and are having to close temporarily on weekends to incoming traffic. Please be prepared by arriving early morning or late afternoon on weekends and having a backup plan in case the parking areas are full when you arrive. Weekdays are the best time to visit our parks if you want to avoid parking closures and crowds.