Bear activity has been reported on most of the trails in this region, including within the state park. Heavy rains have delayed native berry production so bears are actively looking for new food sources. Keep a clean lunch spot (or campsite): pack out all trash and food scraps to keep people and bears safe. For more information on bear safety, see the following website: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears
Cragway and Nuwati Trails remain closed due to damage from the heavy rains. This includes the four campsites along the Nuwati Trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock and The Refuge. The Daniel Boone Scout Trail is open; however, the Boone Fork Parking Area is closed until further notice. To access the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, hikers will need to park at the Boulder Field Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway between mile markers 302 and 303. This will add a 2.8-mile hike on the Tanawha Trail before arriving at the Daniel Boone Scout Trailhead.Posted on: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Camping is allowed with a permit at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system, including at the Hi-Balsam Shelter. Follow the directions on the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for self-registration at or near the trailheads. Camping is permitted in designated areas only — identified by nearby signs and a camping icon on the trail map.
Campers may leave vehicles at either the Profile Trail or Blue Ridge Parkway trailheads. No vehicles may be left overnight in the Grandfather Mountain attraction.
Fires are permitted at lower elevation campsites, but not on Grandfather Trail or at or above the Hi-Balsam Shelter. On sites where fires are permitted, use designated fire rings only. Use only dead firewood on the ground. Please do not bring firewood from outside the park. Campfires may be banned during dry periods. For cooking, a gas-powered backpacking stove is recommended.
Water is available only from intermittent streams. There is no water above Daniel Boone Campsite or Profile Campsite. All untreated water should be purified by boiling for 10 minutes or by using purification chemicals, or through use of a filtering device.
This is bear country — all food and scented items must be hung away from the tents, and all trash and food scraps must be packed out. Leave a clean site.
Please do not disturb nearby campers, take care to protect the terrain and plant life and carry all trash from the site upon leaving.
The Daniel Boone Backpack Campsite is the only campsite that can be reserved in advance. See the Fees/Faqs/Rules for more information.
Camping permits are required, even with a reservation. Permits are located at the self-registration area near the Boone Fork Parking area.
Call 1-877-722-6762 or visit the reservations website to make reservations for the Daniel Boone Campsite.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
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.
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646