With parking a major issue for the thousands of annual visitors to Grandfather Mountain State Park, a larger parking area is planned that will allow for easier access to the Profile Trail. The expanded parking area will add an estimated 125 new spaces. By Josiah Clark
May 16, 2013. Grandfather Mountain is pleased to announce the Grandfather Mountain Campout this summer. The Campout, July 26-28, is a weekend-long event hosted by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Dec. 11, 2012. Start the year off right with a sensory hike along the first mile of the profile trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Participants will learn to enjoy using their full range of senses to experience the park. Slow down and pay attention to the journey, not just the destination.
Oct. 22, 2012. Whether it’s the opportunity to see wildlife in the snow or the chance to enjoy endless vistas cleared out by winter’s chill, Grandfather Mountain’s “secret season” pass is a treat for those who live and work in surrounding areas. The pass, good Nov. 1 through April 30, is a very affordable way to experience the Mountain without the crush of summer crowds.
Oct. 17, 2012. The sound of bagpipes will fill the air at Grandfather Mountain Oct. 28. Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes, known for their annual performance at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, are making an extra trip this year to celebrate the Celtic culture.
Oct. 12, 2012. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is proud to welcome three new creatures to the Adopt an Animal campaign: Shakespeare the Barred Owl and two Screech Owls named Herbie and Zoey. A new donation level is also available that makes a perfect gift for any animal lover.
Oct. 12, 2012. Celebrate Halloween with the creatures of the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats Saturday, Oct. 27. Join in the fun at the second annual “Beary Scary Halloween” festivities and help the Mountain raise funds for renovations on Grandfather’s eagle habitat.
Sept. 17, 2012. Nature preserve and tourist attraction Grandfather Mountain has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
Sept. 10, 2012. The following upcoming events will be taking place at Grandfather Mountain State Park in the coming weeks. All events are open to the public and are free to attend.
Sept. 5, 2012. Rainfall for the year-to-date continues to be up according to the weather station at the top of Grandfather Mountain. Rain for the year-to-date is 41.76 inches, which is 4.56 inches (or 12 percent) above the norm.
Aug. 30, 2012. Senior research scientist Dr. Dorothy K. Hall is set to give a presentation at the 42nd Annual Girl Scout Day at Grandfather Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 15. Hall’s presentation is in the Nature Museum Auditorium where she is set to share her research and discuss what it is like to be a woman in a competitive science field.
Aug. 27, 2012. Grandfather Mountain welcomes Girl Scouts back to the Mountain for a day filled with opportunities to hone their wilderness skills, play games and learn more about nature. On Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Scouts can expand their nature know-how through a variety of programs that cover topics ranging from indigenous insects to NASA.
Aug. 21, 2012. The Grandfather Mountain profile trail parking lot will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 8:45 p.m. until Friday, Aug. 24. All vehicles must be out of the parking lot by 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday. This closure is to allow park staff to remove a few large trees that may pose a threat to all visitors and vehicles in this parking lot.
Aug. 9, 2012. On Saturday, Sept. 8, Grandfather Mountain will offer a fun-filled opportunity for families to enjoy the nature and culture of the North Carolina mountains. Kidfest provides children of all ages with entertaining activities such as guided hikes, storytelling, face painting, crafts and games.
Aug. 2, 2012. The automatic weather station at the top of Grandfather Mountain recorded a new record high temperature of 83.2 degrees July 1. The previous record captured by the equipment, located on the Mile High Swinging Bridge, was 82.7 degrees, which was set the day before.
BY GREG HINCE
Aug. 2, 2012. The 2012 Grandfather Mountain Amateur and Professional Camera Clinic, held August 18-19, is set to include a photo competition focused on the Mile High Swinging Bridge and presentations by four nationally and internationally-known photographers.
July 3, 2012. Jane the Bear, age 29, passed away late in the evening this past Friday. Trainers noticed the bear wasn’t feeling well on Thursday and she finally succumbed to old age the following night.
June 28, 2012. This July at Grandfather Mountain, Kindergarten-age kids through 3rd graders can enjoy special programming, geared toward further exposing young children to the environment. Child participants in these events will enjoy reading books, singing songs, playing games and exploring, all in an effort to connect their young minds with the beauty and majesty of Mother Nature. Each Saturday in the month of July offers a different discovery.
June 25, 2012. Yonahlosse Raquet Club Held a tennis tournament benefitting Grandfather Home on Saturday and Sunday June 23-24th 2012. The tournament involved members from six different clubs in the area including Beech Mountain Club, Deer Valley Country Club, Cedar Rock, Hound Ears and Yonahlossee Raquet Club.
June 15, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Check out the Doc Watson celebration concert, stroll down Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock or see what Grandfather Mountain has going on. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country.
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June 1, 2012. Have you ever hiked a trail and wondered how it got there or who maintains it? Well your days of wonder are over…join a park ranger and help to fix a section of trail on the profile trail in Grandfather Mountain State Park.
May 29, 2012. Grandfather Mountain today became the first attraction to join and become certified to the NC GreenTravel Initiative, a program that recognizes state travel-related businesses that employ healthy environmental practices.
May 7, 2012. GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC — The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is hosting its annual Naturalist Weekend May 11-13. This weekend provides guests with an in-depth look at the diversity found in the mountain’s ecological communities through guided hikes and workshops.
May 3, 2012. GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC — The automatic weather station at the top of Grandfather Mountain recorded seasonably warm temperatures and wet weather during April.
Press Release from Grandfather Mountain State Park: Weekly Spring Wildflower Walks: Free and Open to the Public. Profile Trail; Grandfather Mountain State Park 9am-1pm Thursday, March 22 Wednesday, March 28 Wednesday, April 4 Thursday, April 12 Wednesday, April 18 Wednesday, April 25 The moist, rich coves surrounding the Profile Trail produce an astonishing array of spring wildflowers. Join a park ranger in weekly explorations of the trail to see what new spring flowers have emerged. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a jacket, water and snacks. Although we won’t hike great distances, the trail is all uphill and we’ll be out in the elements the entire time. The Profile Trial is located on Highway 105 South; ¼ mile north of the Hwy. 184 intersection. Call the park office if you have questions: 828-963-9522 or email [email protected]