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SAFETY ALERT: BLACK BEAR ACTIVITY   

There has been recent bear activity near Raven's Roost campsite.
Visitors are advised to be on the look-out for bears and educate themselves about proper bear safety.
For more tips, visit http://go.usa.gov/czWbW 
or go to  www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc and click on "Learn about Bear Safety."

 Posted on: Thursday, June 14, 2018
PARK REOPENED   

The following trails have been reopened: Profile, Daniel Boone Scout, Grandfather, Grandfather Extension, and Black Rock. 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: Friday, June 1, 2018
History

Grandfather Mountain's stone profile faces have long gazed out over the ancient Appalachians, earning the acclaim of explorers and botanists alike as the apex of the Blue Ridge in grandeur and ecological diversity. Towering nearly a vertical mile over the Piedmont, Grandfather has been recognized for centuries as a sentinel summit. In 1794, the mountain's dramatic views convinced the Botanist Andre Michaux that he'd climbed "the highest peak in all North America." From alpine-like vegetation and vistas on the highest peaks, to cascading streams far down in the foothills, more than a dozen distinct ecological zones stretch across the landscape. Seventy-plus species of rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals populate this rugged mountain, making it one of the East's most significant peaks; a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The park is known for some of the South's most severe weather and challenging hiking trails. Be prepared—at times, hikers climb ladders up cliffs. Nature lovers and hikers alike find Grandfather Mountain to be a special, indeed globally significant place to encounter the outdoors.

In 2008, agreement was reached for the state parks system to acquire 2,456 acres of Grandfather Mountain to become North Carolina’s newest state park. The property is commonly known as the “backcountry” of the famous travel destination. The acquisition was arranged with the help of The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy, which holds conservation easements on the mountain covering nearly 4,000 acres. The acquisition was financed by the Parks and Recreation and Natural Heritage trust funds.

In early 2009, the General Assembly formally authorized Grandfather Mountain State Park. This gives the state parks system the option of seeking additional acreage for traditional park facilities. Any additional tracts or facilities would be identified and prescribed through a public master planning process.

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