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March 1- May 24th; Boone Fork Lot Affected

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.

Beginner-Novice Guided Hike

West
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 10:30am

With living in or visiting the Grandfather Mountain State Park area one thing is obvious...there are a lot of great hiking trails in the area to explore. If you are new to hiking or have never hiked before this is the program you’ll want to attend.

The Science Behind Water and Air

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:00am

Water and air are around us all the time even when we cannot see them. Air fills every place that isn’t filled with another substance, so as you wave your hand through the air you are moving the air molecules out of the way so that your hand can take their place. Water is quite often mixed in with the air molecules in the form of clouds, fog, condensation, etc.

Winter Tree Identification

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 1:00pm

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 dresses 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.

To Build a Fire

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 1:00pm

Fire is one of the cornerstones of human civilization that many of us take for granted in today's modern lifestyle.  Could you build a fire if necessary?  Join a Park Ranger at Grandfather Mountain State Park to learn techniques of fire building and emergency fire starting for camping, heating, or survival.  Appropriate for ages 7 and up.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and please lea

The Hiking 10 Essentials & Profile Trail Nature Hike

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:00am

New to hiking and the outdoors? Join Mountain Region Trail Specialist Amanda Smithson to demystify packing for a day on the trail so you’ll be prepared for the elements and any surprises along the way. Afterwards, we’ll take an approximately 2-mile hike on the Profile Trail to learn some of the region’s unique flora and fauna.