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.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Celebrate National Public Lands 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.
Join Ranger Appling for a guided hike in appreciation of National Public Lands Day. This program will be an approximately 2-hour long hike along the new section of the Profile Trail. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and include any water or snacks you will need during the hike. No pets will be allowed during this hike.
Grandfather Mountain State Park is our featured park for August!
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.
Be the first to tell your fiends what kind of trees they are seeing when the trees change colors in preparation for the winter. Come Hike with Ranger Sicard and learn how to identify deciduous trees based on the specific colors and chemicals in them at the time they change. This program will be approximately an hour long hike along the new section of the Profile Trail.
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.
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:
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!
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