> 10/08/14 FALL HIKING NOTICE
— It is possible to have below freezing conditions
on the mountain during the fall season: hikers can expect to see ice in the higher elevations, especially in the shady areas.
— Hikers - be prepared:
Bring gloves, hats and extra layers of clothing. Hypothermia can occur in the fall with colder temperatures.
— It is imperative that hikers carry food and water
in these cooler hiking conditions.
— It is dark by 7:30PM now.
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.
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 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.
— 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 well before dark and you need to be off the trail and through the gate before they close. Check with the attraction for current hours: 828.733.4337. Pedestrians are not permitted on the road in the attraction area.
> 10/08/14 Trail work is still in progress on the Grandfather Trail
near the second cable before MacRae Peak (on the bridge side of the peak). The ladder is not available for use, however, the cable can still be used; there is no obstruction or closing of the trail. Do not attempt to use the ladder
as the work is not complete and could lead to injuries if attempted to be used. Again, this ladder is not ready for use. Please call the office if you have any questions - 828.963.9522.
There have been no reports of negative bear interaction in the park. Still it is important for campers to remember to hang all food and scented items away from your campsite. There are cables for this purpose on all the campsites on the Nuwati Trail. There is a cable at the Daniel Boone Campsite, but lifting cables have been broken: campers can still use the supporting cable with their own throw ropes. Do not, ever, take food into your tent. Do not burn food or food containers: take them with you. Please report all bear sightings or activity to the park office at 828.963.9522
> 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.
> 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: 2014-10-17 19:04:10
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.