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Trail and campsite closures   

The Nuwati and Cragway trails are closed until further notice while plans for repairs are actively being coordinated. The four campsites on Nuwati — Streamside, Hermitage, Storyteller Rock and Refuge — are closed. The foot bridge across Boone Fork, which leads hikers from Boone Fork parking lot to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, is closed due to unsafe footings. Hikers may use the Boulder Field parking lot between mile markers 302 and 303 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which adds 2.8 miles (one way) to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail hike.  All other park trails are open.  ALL campers staying on open campsites MUST register for their site at the Profiel Trailhead, even if hiking up Daniel Boone Scout Trail.

 Posted on: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Camping

Backpack camping

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.

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

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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.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9
Linville, NC 28646