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BLACK BEAR ACTIVITY   

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
 

 Posted on: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Trail and Campsite Closures Until Further Notice   

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
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.

 

Come get outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends while helping us improve NC parks! 

Every Thursday in August, we will have a volunteer work day to perform necessary maintenance and improvements around the park.

Heavy rains in late May took a toll on the mountain, and now many of our trails are in need of repair- both for the sake of our visitors, and for the delicate ecosystems we protect.

We've got plenty to do, so grab your boots, daypack and a buddy and come on down! 

No tools or experience necessary! Just arrive by 9:00am ready to begin work. For your safety, you must wear close toed shoes. Please bring any snacks and water you feel you will need for the day, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. 

Suitable for ages 13 and up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.

We will be working at a variety of locations, so please RSVP for location information!
You can RSVP on our Facebook event or call the office at 828-963-9522.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Aug 31 2018.
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/16/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/30/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:

The mountain needs your help!

Recent heavy rains took a toll on many of the trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park. In order to improve trail conditions for visitors, and prevent further erosion and damage to the delicate ecosystems we protect, we are having a Volunteer Trail Work Day. There is a lot of work to do, so grab your hiking boots and a buddy and come on down!

No tools or experience necessary! Just arrive by 9:00am on August 18th ready to begin work. The workday will consist of repairing eroded and storm damaged sections of the Daniel Boone Scout trail. We will be building check dams, moving rocks, cutting grade dips, trimming the trail corridor, 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. For your safety, 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, 08/18/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Come get outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends while helping us improve NC parks! 

Every Thursday in August, we will have a volunteer work day to perform necessary maintenance and improvements around the park.

Heavy rains in late May took a toll on the mountain, and now many of our trails are in need of repair- both for the sake of our visitors, and for the delicate ecosystems we protect.

We've got plenty to do, so grab your boots, daypack and a buddy and come on down! 

No tools or experience necessary! Just arrive by 9:00am ready to begin work. For your safety, you must wear close toed shoes. Please bring any snacks and water you feel you will need for the day, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. 

Suitable for ages 13 and up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.

We will be working at a variety of locations, so please RSVP for location information!
You can RSVP on our Facebook event or call the office at 828-963-9522.

Date of Event:
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/16/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/30/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:

Come get outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends while helping us improve NC parks! 

Every Thursday in August, we will have a volunteer work day to perform necessary maintenance and improvements around the park.

Heavy rains in late May took a toll on the mountain, and now many of our trails are in need of repair- both for the sake of our visitors, and for the delicate ecosystems we protect.

We've got plenty to do, so grab your boots, daypack and a buddy and come on down! 

No tools or experience necessary! Just arrive by 9:00am ready to begin work. For your safety, you must wear close toed shoes. Please bring any snacks and water you feel you will need for the day, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. 

Suitable for ages 13 and up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.

We will be working at a variety of locations, so please RSVP for location information!
You can RSVP on our Facebook event or call the office at 828-963-9522.

Date of Event:
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/16/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm, Thu, 08/30/2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:

Celebrate Grandparents Day by learning about one of NC’s most beloved and elusive creatures, the black bear! Join Ranger Musumarra for roughly a one hour program focused on an overview of the black bear’s life and habits, and bear safety tips for home and trail. Meet at the Profile Trail Parking area.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/08/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604
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