If you are hiking to the swinging bridge: 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: 2014-03-11 13:32:30
-- Our park offers 13 backpack camping sites (See map for campsite and registration locations)
. At this time, there is no fee for camping/hiking; however, camping permits are REQUIRED
. Campers must self-register at the trailheads. Please Note:
In addition to completing a permit, campers are asked to mark on the “Campsites in Use”
form (located on clipboard at registration area) which site they will be camping at and the date(s) the site will be occupied. This is extremely helpful to other campers (so they know which sites are taken before hiking to a particular site). If a site is marked as occupied, it is unavailable to other campers.
Please remember that camping is permitted in designated sites only. Camping in undesignated areas is a citable offense.
> 03/07/14 3:44PM - Upper elevation areas of park trails are still icy and slick. Please plan accordingly with equipment, clothing, food and water. See our Winter Hiking Notice below.
> When the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed,
state park trails can be accessed via the NPS Asutsi Trail off US-221. The GPS coordinates for the parking area off 221 are 36.116347, -81.777314
. To check on Parkway road closures, visit http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures
> Winter Weather Hiking Notice
-- These trails are NOT easy and winter conditions are to be taken seriously.
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.
The ridgeline should NOT be attempted by hikers who are not EXPERIENCED in WINTER ALPINE conditions. Ridgeline conditions can be extreme and icy cliffs and drop-offs are dangerous. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS MOUNTAIN!!!
Average time for a carryout of an injured hiker from the ridgeline is TEN HOURS. Most injuries occur after 3pm: are YOU prepared to be out in the elements as the temperature drops after sunset for TEN HOURS???
If your plan is to hike to the “Swinging Bridge” – be advised that the Private Grandfather Mountain Attraction may close their road access to the bridge due to wind and/or ice conditions at any time of any day without notice. If this is your plan – CALL the attraction in advance 828.733.4337. This is YOUR responsibility.
Every hiker should have a MINIMUM of ice traction, extra water, extra food, extra layers of clothing and a headlamp – regardless of your destination. (Example of ice traction for shoes: http://www.facerunners.com/larevista/?p=6674
/ This link is meant as an example only
Volunteer rescue teams will NOT endanger their lives to rescue stranded hikers in extreme weather conditions.
Keep in mind that temperatures on the ridgeline can be 10+ degrees colder and windier. Plan accordingly with warm clothing. Please check local weather for forecast.
> Monitor local weather before heading out on the trails - LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION
> The new re-route is now OPEN on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail.
The re-route affects the trail section from Flat Rock (at intersection of Daniel Boone Scout & Cragway trails) to just below the Daniel Boone campsite. This re-route has made little to no change to the length/distance of the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. Please view the park map for location - [PARK MAP]
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: 2014-03-11 13:24:45
Hiking and Camping permits are free and mandatory. Hikers and campers must be able to produce a valid
permit when on state park trails or campsites. This permit system ensures safety for hikers and helps us
protect the natural resource. Hikers and campers must leave the white copy of the permit in the permit box
located at the trail head and keep the yellow copy in their possession. Permits can be obtained from the
Profile Trailhead parking area located off of Hwy 105 and along the Tanawha Trail before accessing the Nuwati
and Daniel Boone Scout Trails located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
There are three entry points to the hiking trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park. Hikers should be
aware of their timing and hiking ability when hiking the trails at Grandfather Mountain. NC State
Rangers and Grandfather Mountain attraction staff will not provide rides from any of the trail heads
to or from another location. It is the hikers personal responsibility to make appropriate accommodations
to get from one place to the other.