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Grandfather Mountain State Park

PARK REOPENED 12/13/2018

After many hours of hard work clearing snow from the parking lot and drive, the park has been deemed safe and reopened to the public.

Please be aware that the Profile Parking Area still has large snow banks around the edges, but the asphalt is dry.

Access to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail will depend upon Blue Ridge Parkway closures. Visitors should consult the NPS real-time map of Blue-Ridge Parkway closures before heading to that side of the park:

Trail Closure Update- 11/30/2018

 CLOSED:

Nuwati and Cragway trails

ALL campsites on Nuwati Trail:
Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller’s Rock and The Refuge

Boone Fork foot bridge which connects the Boone Fork parking area with Tanawha and Daniel Boone Scout trails (hikers need to use another access)

 
ALL CLOSURES ANTICIPATED UNTIL AT LEAST JULY, 2019

Forest Literacy Hike

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:00am

When you walk through the woods, what do you see? Most of us see the plants, animals and nonliving objects but fail to read the story behind these. If you know what to look for and how to ‘read’ the forest you get a glimpse into the past and understand the how and why of what brought the forest to its current state. Join a Ranger and learn the skills of reading the forest.

First Day Hike on the Lower Profile Trail

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 2:00pm

Kick off the New Year with a bit of fresh air and exercise!  Join Ranger Appling for a stroll along the lower Profile Trail for an unforgettable winter hike. This section of the trail is moderately strenuous and hiking boots are strongly recommended. Bring any water and snacks you may need and dress appropriately for the weather.

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.