> 10/30/14 Winter Storm Warning:
A winter storm warning is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday evening. Campers and hikers should be prepared for windy, cold conditions this weekend. Wear appropriate clothing and carry appropriate gear for the conditions. Snow and ice may make upper elevations treacherous; make sure you have ice traction for your shoes. 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. 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 for parkway closures, visit http://www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures
> 10/30/14 PROFILE PARKING WILL CLOSE EARLY ON FRIDAY:
The Profile Parking lot will close at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 31 due to impending winter weather. Hikers, please be prepared to leave the parking area by 6:00pm. It will re-open as weather permits. We will post the status of the parking area on our website. NOTE: The trail will not close - only the parking lot.
The private Grandfather Mountain attraction is CLOSED on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 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.
> 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.
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.
[Real-Time Blue Ridge Parkway closures http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures
Updated: 2014-10-30 15:18:04
State parks and state recreation areas that do not currently have campsites or other facilities
that can be reserved include Carvers Creek, Chimney Rock, Fort Macon, Grandfather Mountain, and Occoneechee Mountain.
Many state parks have campsites, auditoriums, classrooms, picnic shelters, etc. that may
be reserved only by contacting the park directly. You'll find contact information for each park by navigating to the
park's 'home' page by using the drop-down menu box to the left.