Grandfather Mountain

New 125-Space Parking Lot at Profile Trail Among Plans at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Published Friday, June 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm
June 26, 2015. 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 / Read more…
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Grandfather Mountain Announces Summer Campout Hosted by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Published Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm
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. Read more...
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Start the Year Off Right With a Jan. 1 Fresh Air Hike On Grandfather Mountain’s Profile Trail

Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mtn. Passes Offered for Winter Months

Published Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm
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. Read more...
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Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes Perform at Grandfather Mountain Picnic Shelter Oct. 28 to Celebrate Celtic Culture

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Adopt an Animal Program Debuts New Donation Level and Animals

Published Friday, October 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm
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.
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Grandfather Mountain Celebrates a ‘Beary Scary Halloween’ Oct. 27; Decorate Your Own Bear Treats

Published Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Preserve Earns 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Published Monday, September 17, 2012 at 8:38 am
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. Read more...
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Upcoming Events at Grandfather Mountain

Published Monday, September 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm
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. Read more...
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Rainfall Still Up for Year-to-Date at Grandfather Mountain; 4.56 inches, 12 percent Above Average

Published Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:00 am
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. Read more...
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Female NASA Scientist to Speak at Girl Scout Day

Published Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mtn. Hosts 42nd Annual Girl Scout Day

Published Monday, August 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail Parking Lot Will Be Closed Aug. 21-24 for Large Tree Removal

Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Hosts 9th Annual Kidfest Sept. 8

Published Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm
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. Read more...
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Record High Temperature for Grandfather Mountain Recorded on Swinging Bridge Last Month

Published Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mtn. Camera Clinic Celebrates 60 Years

Published Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 9:14 am
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Mourns Jane the Bear’s Passing

Published Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am
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. Read more...
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Read, Create and Explore at Grandfather Mountain’s Special Kid’s Programs Each Saturday through July

Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:37 am
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. Read more...
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Champions Challenge Benefit Tennis Tournament Raises $12,250 for Grandfather Home for Children

Published Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:23 am
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. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: 25 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: June 15 to 17

Published Friday, June 15, 2012 at 10:22 am
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. Read more...
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Volunteer Trail Workers Welcomed to Grandfather Mountain State Park Select Saturdays June 16 to Oct. 20

Published Friday, June 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm
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. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Becomes First State Attraction to Join NC GreenTravel Initiative for Environmental Practices

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm
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. Read more...
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Naturalist Weekend at Grandfather Mountain May 11-13

Published Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:00 am
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. Read more...
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Warm April At Grandfather Mountain; Average Temperatures Over Two Degrees Higher than Usual

Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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. Read more...
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Weekly Spring Wildflower Walks: Free and Open to the Public at Grandfather Mountain

Published Monday, March 12, 2012 at 9:32 am
Read more for a schedule of the walks.
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Grandfather Mountain Releases Their Guided Hikes Schedule for the Spring/Summer of 2012

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm
Feb. 22, 2012. GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC -- Grandfather Mountain’s guided hike series, now in its second year, has four pre-planned hikes to showcase the wonderful scenery and wildlife of the mountain throughout the coming months. Read more...
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‘Critter Crawl’ Set for May 3 at Grandfather Mountain

Published Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10:16 am
Feb. 20, 2012. GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC – This May, the inaugural “Critter Crawl” kicks off at Grandfather Mountain. The 5K race begins in MacRae Meadows and ends at the top of Grandfather. All proceeds will directly benefit upcoming renovations to the Grandfather Mountain eagle habitats. Read more...
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