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COVID-19 Update

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain will close until further notice, effective Sunday, March 15. The closure means the park will prohibit public access, including from the main entrance gate and hiking trails. In addition,...

Grandfather Mountain offers ‘Secret Season’ passes

The turn in the temperature signals a new season on Grandfather Mountain — and the return of a bargain allowing unlimited access to the park for six months. The Secret Season Pass allows holders unlimited, six-month access to the park November 2019 through April 2020....

Grandfather Mountain hosts Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 26

Grandfather Mountain can bear-ly stand the excitement, because Oct. 26 marks the nonprofit nature park’s annual Beary Scary Halloween celebration. This special day features a wide range of activities, including trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts, making...

Autumn falls into color at Grandfather Mountain

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees...

Grandfather Mountain breaks ground on ‘Conservation Campus’

September 2 is an auspicious date for Grandfather Mountain. Sixty-seven years ago, it marked the opening of the world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. In 2019, it saw the nonprofit nature park break ground on its most ambitious project since — the Conservation...

Grandfather Mountain hosts Girl Scout Day Sept. 14

September 14 brings scouts, sashes and badges to Grandfather Mountain. This will be the 49th year that Girl Scout Day is celebrated at the Linville, N.C., nature park. This special event allows for all Girl Scouts and troop leaders to be admitted to Grandfather...

Grandfather Mountain hosts Junior Ranger Day Sept. 7

Grandfather Mountain has an elite team of rangers, dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the park’s numerous ecological communities — and the flora and fauna that call them home. But they can’t do it alone. Looking to the future, the mountain also relies...

Synchronous fireflies found on Grandfather Mountain

The discovery of a special type of firefly on Grandfather Mountain has experts aglow with excitement. The nonprofit nature park in Linville, N.C., is officially home to Photinus carolinus, the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize...