Grandfather Mountain State Park is our featured park for August!
Grandfather Mountain State Park is now open. Please note that the Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed, as well as the campsites on the Nuwati Trail, as noted below.Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Significant heavy rains in May caused serious erosion damage to all park trails. Nuwati and Cragway Trails remain closed indefinitely while plans for repairs are actively being coordinated. The four campsites on Nuwati: Streamside, Hermitage, Storyteller Rock and Refuge, are closed. All other state park trails are open, but the foot bridge across Boone Fork, that leads hikers from Boone Fork parking lot to the Daniel Boone Scout trail is also closed due to unsafe footings. The Boulder Field Parking lot is the closest Parkway access, between mile markers 302 and 303; this adds 2.8 miles (one way) to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail hike.Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Bear activity has been reported on most of the trails in this region, including within the state park. As of 9/10/2018, no human/bear incidents have been reported in the park or immediate region, but, as always, visitors should take all usual bear safety precautions. 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
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When visiting Grandfather Mountain State Park, it is important to remember that you are in Bear Country!
Bears, including mamas with cubs, are active and have recently been seen in the state park, on adjacent trails and in the general surrounding areas.
To avoid bear encounters, experts recommend the following:
Grandfather Mountain State Park experienced heavy, prolonged rains during the last two weeks of May. State park trails were damaged and eroded extensively, making many areas impassable or dangerous. Repairs to the trails will take time. The Cragway and Nuwati Trails will remain closed until repairs are complete. This closure includes the four campsites along the Nuwati Trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock and The Refuge.
The trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park sustained extensive damage from the recent heavy rains of 11” in four days. The Nuwati and Cragway trails are closed indefinitely until repairs can be completed. This closure includes the four campsites accessed via the Nuwati trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge. In addition to safety concerns, foot traffic on these trails would cause further damage and erosion.
The Grand-further Mountain Run will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The race begins at 8:00am from the Lowe’s parking lot and all race participants are required to be off the mountain by 2:00pm. The race follows the Profile Trail up to the Grandfather Trail, goes up and over Calloway Peak, down the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, to the kiosk on the Tanawha Trail, back up Daniel Boone Scout and over Calloway Peak, out Grandfather Trail and down Profile. All 150 participants are instructed to practice good trail etiquette.
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