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: 2014-12-13 15:40:58
> 12/01/14 Icy Conditions --
Our trails continue to be snow-covered and icy. 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 Thanksgiving and 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 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 at 5:00 p.m. 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 Thanksgiving and 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: 2014-12-13 15:40:58
P.O. Box 9, Linville, NC 28646
GPS: 36.11139, -81.81250
Grandfather Mountain's stone profile faces have long gazed out over the ancient Appalachians, earning the acclimation of explorers and botanists alike as the apex of the Blue Ridge in granduer and ecological diversity. Towering nearly a vertical mile over the Piedmont, Grandfather has been recognized for centuries as a sentinel summit. In 1794, the mountain's dramatic views convinced the Botanist Andre Michaux that he'd climbed "the highest peak in all North America." From alpine-like vegetation and vistas on the highest peaks, to cascading streams far down in the foothills, more than a dozen distinct ecological zones stretch across the landscape. Seventy-plus species of rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals populate this rugged mountain, making it one of the East's most significant peaks; a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The park is known for some of the South's most severe weather and challenging hiking trails. Be prepared—at times, hikers climb ladders up cliffs. Nature lovers and hikers alike find Grandfather Mountain to be a special, indeed globally significant place to encounter the outdoors.
In 2008, agreement was reached for the state parks system to acquire 2,456 acres 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 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 - While state park trails can be accessed from the parking areas at the attraction (fees apply), the state parks system has no management responsibilities for the private Grandfather Mountain attraction and its facilities. Complete information about the attraction can be found at www.grandfather.com or by calling 828-733-4337.