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In December at Grandfather Mtn. State Park: 100 Mile Hike, Scavenger Hunt and More

Get outside this holiday season and enjoy the natural wonders awaiting you at Grandfather Mountain State Park. The month of December offers up events including the 100 Mile Hike challenge in honor of the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial, a photo scavenger hunt through the park on Christmas Day and First Day Hikes to kick off 2017 on January 1.

Read below for details on these programs. For more information, contact the park:

Mailing Address: PO Box 9, Linville, NC 28646

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6 | Banner Elk, NC 28604

Phone: 828.963.9522 | FAX: 828.963.5636




Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 2-mile hike round trip | Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial with Grandfather Mountain’s 100 Mile Challenge. Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our Nuwati Trail Hike. This two-mile guided hike follows the track of an old logging road. It’s an easy but rocky hike, including a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl and Calloway Peak from Storyteller’s Rock. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and sturdy hiking shoes or boots are suggested. This will be approximately a 2-hour hike so please bring any water or snacks you will need to complete the hike. To reach the park office, call or email: 828-963-9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

Keep up with your miles! Hikers completing Grandfather Mountain State Park’s 100 Mile Challenge will receive a commemorative t-shirt! Need a Hiking Log? Visit our Activities page to download the file: http://www.ncparks.gov/grandfather-mountain-state-park/activities.

Date: Sat, 12/03/2016 – 11:00am to 1:00pm

Start Location: Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076, -81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH



Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 2-mile hike round trip | Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Looking for an opportunity to try out your new camera? We have the perfect program for you! And… your pics can earn you the chance to win some great prizes! Join a park ranger for our guided Christmas Day Photo Scavenger Hunt. If you photograph at least 12 of the items on the list, you’ll be eligible to enter the NC State Parks Photo Scavenger Hunt drawing to be held in January.

For more information on the hunt, visit: www.ncparks.gov. You can print the list and bring it with you or one will be provided at the beginning of the hike. Please contact our park office for more information on the hike. Questions about the scavenger hunt can be submitted to: ncparkphotohunt@gmail.com.

** Snow or ice may affect this hike. If weather is questionable, please contact the office or check our website for cancellations.

Date: Sun, 12/25/2016 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Start Location: Profile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s



Visit ncparks.gov/grandfather-mountain-state-park for more details on our First Day Hikes (2 hikes are scheduled).