Photography Policy

Grandfather Mountain Photography Policy

For decades, photographers have flocked to Grandfather Mountain to photograph the spectacular vistas and unique terrain. Please familiarize yourself with our photography policy, and contact the Communication Team with any questions.

Personal photography

Taking photographs while on Grandfather Mountain property is permitted for personal use only. Guests wishing to photograph the Mountain must abide by all regular rules and conditions of the park, including but not limited to:

— Refrain from walking on roadways
— Stay on designated trails and pathways at all times. This includes marked nature trails, habitat pathways, and designated pathways at the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
— Do not move, remove or alter the park property or natural landscapes without prior written approval from the Communication Team.

Commercial Photography

All commercial uses of photography taken at Grandfather Mountain are prohibited without written consent from the Communication Team.

Please note that the Grandfather Mountain State Park has its own procedure for approval of commercial photography or filming. Contact State Park Superintendent Sue McBean at (828) 963-9522 for information.

Aerial Photography

Recreational aerial photography of Grandfather Mountain, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, is strictly prohibited. Commercial aerial photography is prohibited without consent from the Communication Team, available during regular office business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wedding/Engagement/Portrait Photography

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation welcomes engagement, bridal and family portrait groups to the park provided that each individual, including the photographer, pays regular admission to the park.

The group is not permitted to block foot or vehicle traffic to take pictures and may not otherwise interfere with the normal activities of Grandfather Mountain’s other guests. All Grandfather Mountain rules and regulations must be followed.

After-Hours Photography

Photographers wishing to shoot at Grandfather Mountain before or after regular park hours must make an appointment by phone at least one week in advance with the Communication Team and obtain written consent.

The group will be charged $100 for each hour before or after regular operating hours (1 hour minimum) in addition to the normal, per-person admission rate.

Other Guidelines

The image, logos and name of Grandfather Mountain are registered trademarks and cannot be used by outside parties without permission from the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

The Stewardship Foundation reserves the right to charge fees associated with photography and/or film sessions as deemed necessary by our Communication Team or to modify our policy based on the nature and required conditions of the requested session.

To obtain consent for a filming or photography project, please contact Frank Ruggiero at (828) 733-2013.