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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 ope

Bear Activity

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:

Update: Park Closures and Access

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.

Trail and Campsite Closures due to Heavy Rain

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.

Grand-further Mountain Run

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.

Boone Fork Parking Access Affected by Blue Ridge Parkway Closures

Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway for maintenance on the Linn Cove Viaduct will affect access to the Boone Fork Parking Lot from March 1st to May 24th, 2018.

A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone.

Day Hiking 10 Essentials

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 2:00pm

Join a Park Ranger for a one hour program about the items every day-hiker should have. Are you ready for your day hike? What if something happens, are you prepared for whatever nature throws your way? After this program you will be! Meet at the Grandfather Mountain State Park office at 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

Winter Tree Identification

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 2:00pm

Join a Park Ranger at Grandfather Mountain State Park for a short hike along the Profile Trail to learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves.  Participants should be dressed for the weather conditions and are encouraged to bring field guides and binoculars.  This hike is appropriate for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and please leave pets at home.