The Fall Color Ramble

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests…

Fall Color Gallery

Fall Color Gallery

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Fall Color Sketchbook

Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this foundation course focuses on creating accurate and beautiful botanical illustrations. Guided by artist and Carolina…

Farewell to Fall

Farewell to Fall

Today marks the last day of entries for Grandfather Mountain’s 2019 Fall Color Gallery. Fall color in the Western North Carolina High Country is officially…

Adult Field Courses

Adult Field Courses

Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem…

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Fall color complements the sunrise at Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge. So far, the color change is most evident in the High Country’s higher…

Fall Photo Finale

Fall Photo Finale

Today’s photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain’s 2018 Fall Color Gallery. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology…

Peaks & Bridge

Peaks & Bridge

Grandfather Mountain’s lofty peaks are framed by fall foliage in MacRae Meadows, located at the mountain’s base. The park has seen considerable color development just…

Black Rock Lot

Black Rock Lot

Autumn’s brilliance is starting to fall on Grandfather Mountain! Although color change has started a little slowly this year, fall foliage can already be spotted…

Boulder Club

Boulder Club

A Legacy Set In Stone; The Boulder Club More than a century ago, many of the boulders on Grandfather Mountain were given names, like Sphinx…

Split Rock

Split Rock

Fall color comes to Grandfather Mountain’s iconic Split Rock. Today, Oct. 13, the park will host its Fall Color Ramble, featuring guided hikes through fall foliage,…

Linville River

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy”…

Grandfather Mountain Weather Station

Grandfather Mountain Weather Station

Grandfather Mountain Weather StationThe official National Weather Service Reporting Station located at the Swinging Bridge Visitor Center has been providing daily weather observations since August…

How Grandfather Was Formed

How Grandfather Was Formed

The Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee are the result of the action of plate tectonics. The crust of our planet…

Forest Keepers

Forest Keepers

A Growing Legacy; The Forest Keepers The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation presents an exclusive giving program, Grandfather Mountain Forest Keepers. Individuals or companies whose total…

Shuttle Service

Shuttle Service

Because sharp curves near the top of the mountain restrict commercial motor coaches and some school buses to the lower part of the mountain, Grandfather…

Easements & Restrictions

Easements & Restrictions

Easements & Restrictions to Development Beginning in 1990, the developer of Grandfather Mountain began conveying a series of conservation easements to The Nature Conservancy.  The easements…

Mission

Mission

Millions of years old. And we’re just getting started. Grandfather Mountain has been an amazing place for hundreds of millions of years. And our most…

Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Glimpse a bear in its natural mountain habitat. No need to run the other way. Talk to Grandfather Mountain staff about the animals and observe…

Conservation & Protection

Conservation & Protection

Of all the treasures in the Northwest North Carolina mountains, the most valuable is their magnificent ecological diversity; the great medley of plants, animals, climate…

Animal Habitats VIP Tours

Animal Habitats VIP Tours

See where the cougars and otters sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it…

Modern History

Modern History

History of the Mountain Grandfather Mountain and its rocks reveal a long history of rock formation and mountain-building that dates back to 1.1 billion years…

Board of Directors/Leadership

Board of Directors/Leadership

Jon Barrett:  Jon is President of Barrett Law P.C., where he specializes in sports law, representing the Big Ten Conference and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association,…

Sustainability at Grandfather

Sustainability at Grandfather

Flourishing for eons past. And with your help, far into the future.Just as there’s no one way to enjoy a mountain, there’s also no one…