Grandfather Mountain State Park
Hiking to the Bridge? Hike back down or have pre-arranged ride.
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If you are hiking to the swinging bridge (at the private Grandfather Mountain attraction): you must have a pre-arranged ride or hike back down the trail. The attraction staff is not permitted to give rides to hikers and hikers are not permitted to hike down the Attraction road.
Call 828.733.4337 for Attraction gate hours.
BE AWARE THAT RIDGELINE CONDITIONS ARE MORE EXTREME THAN LOWER ELEVATIONS. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS HIKE IF YOU ARE NOT PHYSICALLY PREPARED AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED.
Updated: 2014-04-17 10:31:49
Current Trail Conditions -- The Swinging Bridge -- Attention GRMO Campers -- Spring Hiking Notice
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> 04/17/14 Current Trail Conditions
-- Trails at lower elevations have been very wet and muddy. Trails at upper elevations can still be icy, especially in early morning and in the shade.
> The Swinging Bridge -
the state park property does not
include the swinging bridge and animal habitats. These areas are part of the private Grandfather Mountain Attraction. For more information about the private attraction, please call 828-733-4337 or visit www.grandfather.com
> ATTENTION CAMPERS
-- Our park offers 13 backpack camping sites (See map for campsite and registration locations)
. At this time, there is no fee to camp in the park; however, camping permits are REQUIRED
. Campers must self-register at the trailheads. Please Note: In addition to completing a permit,
campers are asked to write in dates of occupancy for their selected campsite on the “CAMPER REGISTRATION”
form (located on clipboard at registration area). This is extremely important for all campers, so they know which sites are taken before hiking to a particular site. This is an aid only and does not guarantee availability of a campsite. If a site is marked as occupied, it is unavailable to other campers.
Please remember that camping is permitted on designated sites only. Camping in undesignated areas is a citable offense.
> Spring Hiking Notice
-- Spring weather is temperamental: be prepared for high winds, thunderstorms, even snow and ice. Be aware that hypothermia is a serious threat; carry appropriate clothing. Immediately head down the mountain if you hear thunder or see lightning. Do not hike beyond your abilities; weather and injuries can affect everyone. Turn around if conditions are unfavorable for you.
> 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.
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Updated: 2014-04-17 10:31:49
P.O. Box 9, Linville, NC 28646
GPS: 36.11139, -81.81250
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In 2008, agreement was reached for the state parks system to acquire 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain to become North Carolina's newest state park. The property is commonly known as the backcountry of the famous travel destination. The purchase completes a long-held vision of Grandfather Mountain Inc. and the Morton family (the heirs of company founder Hugh Morton) to guarantee the mountains' continued preservation. The acquisition was arranged with the help of The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy, which holds conservation easements on the mountain covering nearly 4,000 acres. The acquisition was financed by the Parks and Recreation and Natural Heritage trust funds. In early 2009, the General Assembly formally authorized Grandfather Mountain State Park. This gives the state parks system the option of seeking additional acreage for traditional park facilities. Any additional tracts or facilities would be identified and prescribed through a public master planning process.
Grandfather Mountain Attraction - Please note: Grandfather Mountain State Park does not encompass the private Grandfather Mountain attraction, though the state park trails can be accessed from parking areas at the attraction. As a way to guarantee that Grandfather Mountain will remain in its current state forever and assure the public continued access to its peaks, the owners of the attraction established the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. The Grandfather Mountain attraction will continue to operate as it has since the 1950s, alongside the new state park but under the management of the Foundation. The attraction's admission fees continue to provide visitors the grand vistas from the mile-high swinging bridge, and access to the park's nature center, wildlife habitats and other amenities. Popular events, such as the Highland Games and the Singing on the Mountain will still be held at the attraction. Complete information about the attraction, its activities and events can be found at www.grandfather.com.
The acquisition agreement gives North Carolina a conservation easement on the 749 acres where the attraction is located. At this time, however, the state parks system has no management responsibilities for the Grandfather Mountain attraction and its facilities.