> 12/20/14 Icy Conditions --
Expect ice at upper elevations. Ice traction for shoes is necessary for hiking the trails in these conditions. Be advised: only experienced alpine hikers should attempt the trails from Calloway Gap to the swinging bridge when there is ice and/or heavy snow on the trail. Note: If the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to weather, park visitors can park at the Asutsi Trail Parking Area (GPS: 36.116347, -81.777314). To access GM State Park trails, hike west on the Asutsi Trail (under the BR Parkway) to the Tanawha Trail, which will connect to the Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout Trails. To check the status of parkway closures, visit http://www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures
The private Grandfather Mountain attraction is CLOSED on Christmas Day and will close early on Christmas Eve (around 3:00 PM). Hikers will not have access to the attraction for drop-offs or pick-ups inside the attraction area. Please plan your hiking trips accordingly. NOTE: The state park will be OPEN during the holidays.
The state park is not part of the private attraction. Trails and campsites will be open as usual.
WINTER HIKING NOTICE
— SNOW AND ICE MAY MAKE UPPER ELEVATIONS TREACHEROUS.
Hikers who are NOT experienced alpine hikers with ALL the appropriate gear should NOT hike above the Profile View on the Profile Trail and Flat Rock on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail.
— HIKERS BE PREPARED:
Every hiker should have a MINUMUM of ice traction, extra water, extra food, extra layers of clothing and a headlamp – regardless of your destination. Hypothermia can occur quickly in cold temperatures.
— IT IS DARK EARLY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.
All hikers should carry a headlamp. Plan your hike to return before dark. Turn around before your planned destination if you need to do so to be back before dark.
— IF AN INJURY OCCURS,
a hiker may be exposed to environmental conditions for many more hours than expected. It is YOUR responsibility to be prepared with enough food, water and warm clothing to survive.
are not permitted on campsites above the Briar Patch or Profile campsites. Campfires are not permitted on the Hermitage site on the Nuwati Trail.
— IF YOU ARE HIKING TO THE SWINGING BRIDGE:
This is not a loop trail; you must hike back on the same trail or have a pre-arranged ride. Staff will not drive hikers from the attraction back to the trailheads. The Attraction gate closes early and you need to be off the trail and through the gate before they close. During inclement weather the Swinging Bridge and top of the Attraction are closed with no vehicle access to the top. HOLIDAYS:
The private Grandfather Mountain attraction is CLOSED on Christmas Day and will close early on Christmas Eve (around 3:00 PM). Hikers will not have access to the attraction for drop-offs or pick-ups inside the attraction area.
> Monitor local weather before heading out on the trails - LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION
Check our website often for updates. Please call our office if you have any questions: 828.963.9522.
[Real-Time Blue Ridge Parkway closures http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures
Updated: 2014-12-20 16:00:43