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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.

Trail and Campsite Closures

Nuwati and Cragway trails remain CLOSED until further notice due to hazardous conditions. All trails sustained extensive damage, are badly eroded, and have standing and moving water. All surfaces are slick. Campsites accessed from Nuwati Trail are closed: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge.

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, follows the Tanawha Trail to Nuwati to Cragway, 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.

National Trails Day

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 9:30am

In honor of National Trails Day, Grandfather Mountain State Park is holding a trail work day and needs your help. Please be at the Boone Fork Parking Area by 9:15am ready to begin work. The workday will consist of repairing areas of the trail tread, brushing in erosion concern areas, and similar work.

GO Grandfather Day!

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:00am

You are cordially invited to join the staff and volunteers of Grandfather Mountain State Park for our annual event Get Outdoors on Grandfather Mountain, or GO Grandfather Day! This is a family-focused day of fun and learning with a variety of activities to suit all ages and ability levels.

2018 Annual Wildflower Walks

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 05/26/2018 - 4:00pm

Free and Open to the Public - Join a park ranger for a guided wildflower walk in Grandfather Mountain State Park.  There is a walk for everyone – some are more challenging but some do not venture far from the parking lot.  Grandfather Mountain produces an amazing variety of wildflowers, which change from week to week, so join us throughout the season to experience the changes!

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.