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 (in 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: 2015-03-23 10:19:20
> 03/23/15 TRAIL CONDITIONS
-- Even though the weather is warming, please remember that temperatures on the mountain have not been warm enough to thaw all ice on the upper trails. Higher elevations may still have traces of ice. Use caution. Trails have a great deal of mud in many areas. Temperatures can still be quite cold on the mountain, especially on the ridgeline. Night time temperatures are still in the 30's and low 40s - be prepared if you are camping on the mountain. Note: Friday and Saturday this week will be much colder. Forecast: Friday - Early AM snow flurries possible (Low in low 20s). Saturday - Mostly cloudy; Unseasonably cold; Daytime snow showers & flurries possible; Clearing Sat. night; High in the mid 30s; Low in the upper teens.
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.
-- If you are hiking to the swinging bridge, you must have a pre-arranged ride or hike back down. The attraction staff will not drive you to your vehicle. Vehicle access to the bridge is closed before sunset.
-- Do not exceed your abilities: turn around if conditions are unfavorable for you.
-- Hiking to the bridge is very strenuous: it is NOT easier than hiking up the Profile or Daniel Boone Scout Trails.
-- 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 – this may include fog, heavy rain or high winds.
For Your Pets Safety
DOGS MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES in the state park. This is for the safety of the dog, safety of other hikers, and protection of the animals and plants that live on this mountain.
Our trails are steep and rocky with over a dozen ladder climbs on the ridgeline and higher elevations. Many dogs have been injured on these sections of trails. It is very difficult for hikers to maintain a dog's leash on the difficult sections. For these reasons we do not recommend hiking with dogs on the Grandfather Trail, Cragway Trail, or upper portions of the Daniel Boone Scout and Profile trails.
> If the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed
due to weather, park visitors can park at the Asutsi Trail Parking Area (GPS: 36.116354, -81.777297). 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
> Monitor local weather before heading out on the trails
- We recommend that hikers always check forecasted weather conditions before hiking on Grandfather Mountain, especially in the winter months. You can check local weather at Ray's Weather: www.averyweather.com
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: 2015-03-23 10:19:20
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.