May 2, 2014. Registration is now open for a mountain camping experience like no other. The Grandfather Mountain Campout, set for July 25-27, offers a rare opportunity to spend two nights at Grandfather Mountain and join in on exciting nature programs throughout the weekend.
“It’s a great opportunity for novice campers to try it out with guidance from our staff, or for more experienced outdoorsmen to get a taste of Grandfather after dark,” said Chief Naturalist Jill Goodwin.
“It’s a safe, fun and unique opportunity to take camping to the next level.”
The event kicks off with a welcome campfire on Friday night – s’mores included. The weekend’s busy activity lineup includes night adventures, Native American programs, climate and weather observations, guided walks highlighting endangered plants, orienteering workshops, bug hunts and butterfly programs.
Additional in-depth opportunities such as a guided hike on the Black Rock Trail and Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours are available for an additional charge.
Participants can also enjoy extended access to the park and the Mile High Swinging Bridge before sunrise and after sunset, allowing for spectacular and rare scenic views and photo opportunities.
This is the third consecutive year that the campout has been offered by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Registration forms are available for download here. Participants must submit their registration forms and payment by mail by July 25 to:
Grandfather Mountain, PO Box 129
Linville, NC 28646
Those interested in the Black Rock Trail guided hike or Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours must be sure their registration is received by July 22.
Campsites are $30 per night, or $25 per night for Bridge Club members. Park admission is not included in the campsite fee. Those who attend multiple days of the campout should keep their park admission receipt to receive discounted admission on the following days.
Visit grandfather.com/events/the-grandfather-campout/ for more information and a complete schedule. For questions about the campout or the registration process, contact the Naturalist Office at (828) 733-4326.
The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park in the public interest and participate in educational research activities. For more information, call 800-468-7325 or plan a trip at www.grandfather.com.