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Trail and Campsite Closures    

Nuwati and Cragway trails remain CLOSED until further notice due to hazardous conditions. All trails sustained extensive damage, are badly eroded, and have standing and moving water. All surfaces are slick. Campsites accessed from Nuwati Trail are closed: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge.

 Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:45pm
Events and Programs

Grandfather Mountain State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Free and Open to the Public - Join a park ranger for a guided wildflower walk in Grandfather Mountain State Park.  There is a walk for everyone – some are more challenging but some do not venture far from the parking lot.  Grandfather Mountain produces an amazing variety of wildflowers, which change from week to week, so join us throughout the season to experience the changes!  This hike is moderate and the pace will be slow - all experience levels welcome. We will see spring wildflowers of rich and acidic cove forest, and northern hardwood forest environments.
Easy terrain; uneven and often muddy.  Wear closed-toe, walking shoes, dress in layers for the weather and prepare to be outside.  Water and snacks recommended.  You may bring field guides, cameras, binoculars. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/26/2018 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 Hwy 105 South)

In honor of National Trails Day, Grandfather Mountain State Park is holding a trail work day and needs your help. Please be at the Boone Fork Parking Area by 9:15am ready to begin work. The workday will consist of repairing areas of the trail tread, brushing in erosion concern areas, and similar work. Tools will be provided but if you have a specific tool you want to bring you may, just please check with the staff that morning to see if it can be used for work being done that day. You must wear closed toed shoes, please bring any snacks and water you feel you will need for the day, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358)

You are cordially invited to join the staff and volunteers of Grandfather Mountain State Park for our annual event Get Outdoors on Grandfather Mountain, or GO Grandfather Day! This is a family-focused day of fun and learning with a variety of activities to suit all ages and ability levels. Activities will include ranger-led hikes, a fishermen knot-tying workshop, and discussions about mountain stream ecology, all geared towards this year’s interpretive theme for NC State Parks, fish.

Come to the Junior Ranger table to participate in special projects and earn your Junior Ranger Badge! This year, the Stewardship portion witll be done in collaboration with the North Carolina Arboretum. They will be recruiting ecoEXPLORERS, children ages 5-12 years old who help scientists study wildlife. Come learn about how you can earn prizes and badges by taking photos of plants and animals and help park rangers learn more about who lives at Grandfather Mountain State Park!

Participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots and come dressed for the weather. This is an outdoor event and those in attendance should come prepared for a fun day outside! Leashed pets are welcome at the event, but may not come on the guided hikes.

Date of Event:
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Parking Area and Facility (4198 N. Highway 105)

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6)
Banner ElkNC 28604
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.

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